Music Practice Quotes

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When you are having a bad day and nothing is going right . . .When the pressures of life are crowding in on you and you need some time by yourself . . When someone, or something has made you angry . . When you are bored, or when you are feeling flat or unhappy, don’t complain, just go and do some music practice. That will lift your spirits and energise you. — Ron Ottley, Ottley, Ron., Now I Love Music Practice (Eileen Margaret Publishing, 2009) Pg 62-63

. . don’t just memorise notes; memorise the feeling of playing them. — Madeline Bruser, Bruser, Madeline., The Art of Practicing (Bell Tower, 1997), p.17

failing to remember is the primary reason for most performers’ poor practising habits. — Howard Snell, Snell, Howard., The Art of Practice (Pen Press, 2006), p.75

The best way for a student to get out of difficulty is to go through it — Aristotle

In a system that demands perfectionism, mistakes are unacceptable. We cannot learn from our mistakes, because we must pretend that we never made any. We must hide them or cover them up — Anne Wilson Schaef

Practice does not make perfect – it makes permanent — Alexander Libermann

Robotic correctness is the last thing judges want to see or hear — William Westney, Westney, William., The Perfect Wrong Note (Amadeus Press, 2003), p.32

Much music teaching seems more concerned with controlling the student than with encouraging the student’s own impulses. — William Westney, Westney, William., The Perfect Wrong Note (Amadeus Press, 2003), p.43

Teaching that tells the student exactly what to do and how to do it is not teaching at all but cramming — Tobias Matthay, Matthay, Tobias., Musical Interpretation (E Baldwin, 1913)

The value of an exercise depends on your state of mind. If you don’t find it interesting, then it is not useful. — Madeline Bruser, Bruser, Madeline., The Art of Practicing (Bell Tower, 1997), p.17

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