Latest Posts • September 3, 2018
Another summer is coming to an end. School is starting soon – or work, university, etc. The classrooms at Modern Music School get a little quieter during the summer too and we’re super excited to have all our students back soon. We’re also equally excited to welcome our new students, of course!
One thing we notice after every summer break: many students return with enhanced skills at their instruments!
How can that be?
In the field of learning psychology, this phenomenon is called an “incubation period.” An incubation period is a well-deserved break for the brain after having intensively focused on a problem or task – our instrument! An incubation period lets the brain recover from hard effort while the subconscious mind “takes over” and finds suitable solutions.
For our instrument, this may mean that:
In an ongoing effort, neuroscientists research what helps us to be creative and solve problems and assign the “incubation effect” a crucial role in this process. It acts like a light bulb moment – this moment when you suddenly find a solution to your problem. In this case, for example, a clean playing technique, motivation, new ideas and new perspectives.
To help you – or your children – to get back into a good practice routine after a break, here are our 5 top tips for practicing music:
When it comes to your music practice, it’s all about making it fun and into a source of energy and joy – then, progress will be inevitable!