This is a great article about what attributes a great musician has when they practice from The Musician’s Way Blog.
What I love about this article is the lists of “deep learner” attributes vs. the “shallow learner” attributes. Mr. Klickstien nails it on the head for me, and explains it better than I ever could. But I was thinking that it might be beneficial to abbreviate each list so that they can be posted on a music stand while a student practices (as it is right now, its a bit too wordy for that purpose). Maybe something like a “practice do’s and don’t’s” list:
This is what I came up with:
- Set goals
- Isolate problems
- Be aware
- Pay attention to repetition
- Listen to yourself
- Strive for consistent excellence
- Relax and channel anxiety in a positive way
- Practice without a purpose
- “Play” through music
- Get distracted
- Repeat sections ad nauseum
- Listen inconsistently or poorly
- Let things slide
- Let performance give you negative anxiety
I know I have been a culprit of one or two things on the “don’t” list recently, and the last one is especially hard. If you read my last post, I wish I had this list when I was in my undergrad program. Looking back, I was hitting more of the “don’ts” than I was the “dos”! But I honestly didn’t know any better. Makes me sad, because I feel like I lost a lot back then because I didn’t have the proper guidance. This is why I try to instill good practice habits in my younger students. They may hate it now, but I know they will thank me for it later in life!
In other news…exactly 9 weeks from yesterday until I leave! Its getting so close that now I’m having some anxiety about it. I get the butterflies in my stomach every time I think about it. Can’t tell if its excitement or nervousness…or both. Probably both. I can’t believe its almost here!