RUBATO MUSIC ACADEMY
Principal Music Practitioner
Performing & Composing
A level of commitment to music practice or a more positive phrase 'Music Making Time' between lessons is required in order to progress. A regular routine with support is key. Your ‘practice record/diary’ will tell you what to focus on. Practice doesn’t necessary mean playing a piece through a few times from start to finish but breaking music down and working on targeted sections with repetition.
When starting out as a musician, it is important to make a commitment to dedicated practice time between lessons. This commitment will continue throughout your musical journey and even professional musicians and teachers continue to practice! It is also important for parents to encourage this practice time, settle children into a practice routine, work out a timetable together and listen to your child perform their pieces of music at least once a week.
MASTERING A MUSICAL SKILL ISN’T JUST ABOUT THE HOURS OF PRACTICE BUT THE QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS. EFFECTIVE PRACTICE IS CONSISTENT, FOCUSED & TARGETS WEAKNESSES AT THE EDGE OF ONES CURRENT ABILITY.
FREQUENT REPETITIONS WITH BREAKS ARE COMMON PRACTICE HABITS.
MULTIPLE PRACTICE SESSIONS OF LIMITED DURATION ARE KEY.
PRACTICE IN YOUR BRAIN
Think about how a piece will sound, hear the notes, imagine the notes on the musical stave.
HOW CAN WE GET THE MOST OUT OF PRACTICE TIME?
Focus on the task at hand
Minimise potential distractions.
Start out slowly or in slow motion - coordination is built with repetition.
Gradually increase the speed of repetitions - you have better chance of doing them correctly.
EFFECTIVE PRACTICE CAN PUSH OUR INDIVIDUAL LIMITS, ACHIEVE NEW HEIGHTS AND MAXIMISE POTENTIAL.
THIS IS HOW WE CAN PROGRESS AND BECOME BETTER MUSICIANS.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I PRACTICE?
Remember - commitment to short frequent sessions with repetition is what you are aiming for. Your teacher appreciates you have other interests and may take part in other out of school activities. One practice the day before your lesson or even two practices between weekly lessons aren’t going to have much effect, neither will playing your pieces once through. In the early stages, you need to practice for AT LEAST 15 minutes 3 or 4 times a week - ideally 10-15 minutes a day. This will increase throughout your musical journey.