Music Authority Family Newsletter - September 27, 2022
How Much Practice Is Enough?
When I was young, how long do I need to practice was a simple question. Everyone knew the answer - 30 minutes. There was an expectation that I'd find 30 minutes after school daily to sit down and work on my instrument (clarinet).
Today's students are very different from students back then. They live in a digital world and watch television without commercials. Remember timing the commercial breaks to run to the kitchen and get a snack? Today, we simply hit the pause button and the show waits for us to return.
The expectations for practice have changed as well. As a teacher, I expect my students to practice twice their age. A fifteen year old has the attention span and ability to concentrate for 30 minutes. An eight year old does not.
Additionally, I break it down further. If a student can practice their age twice a day, I'm happy as a teacher. For example, can that eight year old practice once for eight minutes right after school and then once again right before bed? The important part is touching the keyboard (or other instrument) more frequently.
The more frequently a student touches their instrument, the faster they will learn the muscle memory needed to play complex pieces. And practice is different from playing - playing the same pieces you already know will only reinforce what you've already learned. You want to practice the hard stuff, the stuff you haven't gotten yet.
Don't miss out on Music Authority's Fall Festival. A fun time will be had by all with live music, games, food trucks, and a parent jail for the kids who feel the need to lock their parent up! Please bring cash for games. All proceeds go to the Music Authority Roadies.
October 16 starting at 1pm
Get On Stage
Why is it important to get on stage? Performance builds confidence, character, and self esteem. Students who perform are more likely to stick with their instrument and to develop advanced skills.
The Music Authority Roadies
The Roadies are a group of parents and adult students at Music Authority. They meet the second Tuesday of every month at 6pm in The Backroom at Music Authority. You can think of the Roadies as Music Authority's PTO. They sponsor special events, service projects, and work hard to make sure our teachers feel appreciated. We welcome any Music Authority parent to come to our next meeting!