The Importance of Being Earnest (In Your Practicing Habits)

Every music student knows that practice is the most important part of developing skill with your instrument. But more importantly, this practice cannot be just mundane and mindless practice, it must be purposeful, practical and positive practice. See those three P’s? The words “purposeful”, “practical” and “positive” are your new best friends! If you sit in a practice room and you are unfocused and unmotivated, you will gain nothing from those hours. Today I am going to give you some tips on how to make your practice purposeful, practical and positive! Here we go:

  • Do not go into the practice room hungry. I promise you, you will lose focus as soon as your stomach grumbles.
  • Do not go into the practice room sleepy. If you need to, take a quick 15 minute nap before you go. (Here are some of my favorite tips for napping:  http://oedb.org/library/features/50_terrific_nap_hacks_every_college_student_should_know)
  • If you’re stressed out about other school work when you go into the practice room, practice and do homework in intervals to keep your overall stress down.
  • Set goals for yourself. Examples: Translation due dates, history of piece/composer due dates, memorization due dates, etc.
  • Do not let yourself get too frustrated. If you are working on something and you just cannot seem to get it right, take a 5 minute breather break.
  • Turn off your phone when you go into the practice room!
  • Take a buddy to keep you on track, and maybe even help you reach your goals.
  • Try to do all of your preparation before you go into the practice room, so that one you are in there, you can just get going!

Practice makes perfect. But only purposeful, practical and positive practice! (That repetition gets annoying, but you probably remember it now!)

Here’s my favorite flow chart to keep you motivated: Image

Much love, Kat!

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