How To Practice—resources

Jennifer Visick said: Oct 25, 2009
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After reading an article by Philip Johnston referenced in another thread, I went searching around his website and decided to order his book “Practiceopedia”, which I understand is an offshoot of his book “practice revolution” (the former designed for students to use, the latter for teachers… I think).

In any case I was very pleased with the content and presentation when it arrived the other day and I’ve just lent it to a student today. Has anyone else read or used either of these two books?

Lisa June said: Oct 26, 2009
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I really liked Practice Revolution. It seems to tackle the usual problems with “getting kids to practice” and “getting kids to practice WELL” with commonsense solution, in a step-by-step manner. It also seems to me that the Suzuki method, well-executed, forestalls a lot of the problems from the inception by being very clear about practice expectation and expected outcomes. “You will do these measures 6X making sure that your D has a nice ring,” etc.

It seems to be most helpful for teachers with older students who are already independently practicing.

It has good games and exercises, too.

Barb said: Oct 26, 2009
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I think I have read all his articles online so far, and buying his books is on my list!

Music Teachers Helper—for individual teachers
Studio Helper—for entire music studios or schools

Connie Sunday said: Oct 31, 2009
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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I have a pretty extensive library of materials about practicing, mostly aimed at adults, however. See:

Madeline Bruser, The Art of Practicing: A Guide to Making Music from the Heart
Burton Kaplan, Musician’s Practice Log
Burton Kaplan, A Rhythm Sight-Reader: Bk 1, Bk 2
Burton Kaplan, Practicing for Artistic Success: The Musician’s Guide to Self-Empowerment
Stuart Edward Dunkel, The Audition Process: Anxiety Management and Coping Strategies
(Juilliard Performance Guides, No 3)
Margret Elson, Passionate Practice: The Musician’s Guide to Learning, Memorizing, and Performing
Jack Grassel, Power Practicing
Don Greene, Audition Success (A Theatre Arts Book)
Don Greene, Performance Success: Performing Your Best Under Pressure (Theatre Arts)

Free Handouts for Music Teachers & Students:

Jennifer Visick said: Apr 3, 2010
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this is not exactly the same kind of “how-to”—but I saw this in the WikiBooks and thought people here might like to read & contribute.

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