Latest Posts • November 2, 2015
Practice makes perfect — right?
It’s been awhile since Anders Ericsson, Professor of Psychology at Florida State University, came up with his 10.000-hour rule in 1993 (which got a lot of attention when it was featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s bestseller “Outliers: The Story of Success”).
As much as this rule was a plea for the classic assertion that “practice makes perfect,” it also seems to make it very clear that only the right kind of practice — deliberate or ‘perfect’ practice — can help us improve.
We prefer to say it’s not practice that makes perfect, it’s perfect practice that makes you a better musician!
But how do you practice perfectly?
Here are seven simple steps:
Here are 3 additional tips for parents who want to support their children’s practice:
Generally speaking, all human beings have a passion for making music — sometimes we’d just prefer to avoid the efforts that go along with it.
But even diligence, discipline and persistence can be trained!
And you can take it from us — learning an instrument can easily go from musical training to life training; the skills you learn from practice (grit, resilience, motivation etc), become key skills in the ‘school of life’.
We hope you discover that practicing can become an exciting and rewarding challenge all on its own.