It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the music practice blogosphere. Some weeks there are many postings but little of real value to us practicers. However there have been some real gems recently:
The best post I’ve come across in the past couple of weeks was from Michael Griffin at Music Education World. In this podcast he sums up an approach to practice which very closely matches our own ethos here at HTP. Listen here.
Another long time Music Ed blogger Ken Pendergrass offers a presentation on Teaching students to be critical in a healthy way.
Other links of interest:
- Sandi discusses wheter teaching piano is a hobby or profession.
- The Easiest way to practice includes a lot of listening according to The lesson studio.
- Regular practice writer Thomas J West talks about why you should practice scales.
- Some tips on art entrepeneurship come from the Savvy Musician blog.
- Breathing is an important element of any practice. Gerald Klickstein discusses further.
- Jennifer Thomas offers some advice on motivating students to practice.
- Following on from my review of his book Improve Your Teaching the ISME has provided a brief report by Harris on simultaneous learning.
- If you set or need to complete listening tasks then this listening worksheet from Music Matters Blog could be useful.
- Leah Garnett extols the vitues of 10 minute music practice
- Getting your practice started can often be the trikiest bit. Jonathon Harnum gives a view on how to plan and get started.
- Parents, Help your children get better results.
- Motivation is covered again by David Motto in Practicing when you don’t want to.
- Continuing with motivation Jerald Simon offers some Downloadable motivation resources.
- Don’t be put off by the look of this page. Follow the link to the downloadable PDF book and you’ll find lots of useful practice hints.
- Last, but not least, is this large collection of music quizzes from Mucis Tech Teacher.