Violin Masterclass Practice Charts

Connie Sunday said: Jan 20, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
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Have you seen what they have on Masterclass, all these practice charts:

I’ve seen something like this before (don’t know if it’s the same author). Has anyone ever used this kind of method? It doesn’t appeal to me. I kind of like the ideas in The Inner Game of Music better….


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Jennifer Visick said: Jan 20, 2008
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Viola, Suzuki in the Schools, Violin
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I’ve seen those. The idea can work for some types of personalities, I think. For others, not so much!

Have you seen the latest SAA journal? There’s an interesting (and very detailed) article about organizing student notebooks (three-ring binders) so that if they “turn the pages” until they get to the end, they have practiced everything. I think that might be a better way to do things for younger students who fit this style of very organized practicing.

But of course it’s not just the student for whom it has to work, it’s the teacher who also has to help them make it work.

Fortunately we are all unique so we each bring a slightly different perspective and style to our studios.

It might be worth it to try a style of assignments that I’m not normally comfortable with for a few months, to see if any of my students work better with it. Sometimes I get into a rut of teaching and assigning and using a different teaching tool like a chart can revive things a little bit.

While I tend to not use charts, I also know that that KIND of practice (the 3 minute “virtuous moment” and the planned exercises, etc.) is very practical and efficient in many situations.

Connie Sunday said: Jan 20, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

Well, someone on string_teacher_support pointed out two more resources on this sort of thing:

The Musician’s Practice Log by Burton Kaplan

Power Practicing by Jack Grassel

I know at least one person who follows this concept of writing everything down.

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Connie Sunday said: Jan 20, 2008
Connie SundayViolin, Piano, Viola
667 posts

I have a friend in Memphis who worked with Burton Kaplan, a couple of summers, up in New England. I don’t know about writing everything down as you practice it, but the part about planning practice sounds like it might be useful. I put a bunch of that stuff here:

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
Margret Elson, Passionate Practice: The Musician’s Guide
to Learning, Memorizing, and Performing
Jack Grassel, Power Practicing
Violin Masterclass, Practice Schedules


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