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Strategic practice: how a musician can approach their practice routines in a more useful way for better growth and success in performance.

Brittany Thomas

Description/Abstract

Practicing has a great impact on students who are at a beginner level up unto professional musicians(even orchestral musicians practice for hours because that is their job to practice, it's a commitment as a professional musician). As musicians, we strive to be the best that we can be, and to do so practicing and practicing effectively can help a musician get to the next level. Effective practice is the key element in successful performance, practice sessions, and audition preparation, which are all great strategies to prepare for auditioning for ensembles.

There are moments where musicians would mess up when performing, this is a result of issues with consistency in their preparation. While practicing a musician should always be aware of the weak areas in their playing and to have the ability to correct their mistakes. Just like any mathematician, when they solve a problem there are mistakes here and there, it is the same way for musicians. To get the problem right each time they must practice to try and avoid mistakes in terms of practicing diligently. Musicians practice for the same reason, to try and avoid mistakes reading their music. Always practice good habits. Do not practice mistakes. It is better to avoid making then it is to practice the same things over and over again. And with that being the case we then get used to it begin to practice mistakes, which is the opposite of how a musician should practice.

Musicians should develop self-awareness, discipline, skills, better technique, motor skills, memory as a musician. The outcome of this would be that musicians would enjoy being a musician more and would understand how and what it takes to be good at your instrument. Ideally, the passion that comes with being a musician is important. And often people would often drop out of music for not understanding how to be successful at being a musician, and my goal for this research is to address ways that a musician can approach practice and get the best results out of it.

 
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Strategic practice: how a musician can approach their practice routines in a more useful way for better growth and success in performance.

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Practicing has a great impact on students who are at a beginner level up unto professional musicians(even orchestral musicians practice for hours because that is their job to practice, it's a commitment as a professional musician). As musicians, we strive to be the best that we can be, and to do so practicing and practicing effectively can help a musician get to the next level. Effective practice is the key element in successful performance, practice sessions, and audition preparation, which are all great strategies to prepare for auditioning for ensembles.

There are moments where musicians would mess up when performing, this is a result of issues with consistency in their preparation. While practicing a musician should always be aware of the weak areas in their playing and to have the ability to correct their mistakes. Just like any mathematician, when they solve a problem there are mistakes here and there, it is the same way for musicians. To get the problem right each time they must practice to try and avoid mistakes in terms of practicing diligently. Musicians practice for the same reason, to try and avoid mistakes reading their music. Always practice good habits. Do not practice mistakes. It is better to avoid making then it is to practice the same things over and over again. And with that being the case we then get used to it begin to practice mistakes, which is the opposite of how a musician should practice.

Musicians should develop self-awareness, discipline, skills, better technique, motor skills, memory as a musician. The outcome of this would be that musicians would enjoy being a musician more and would understand how and what it takes to be good at your instrument. Ideally, the passion that comes with being a musician is important. And often people would often drop out of music for not understanding how to be successful at being a musician, and my goal for this research is to address ways that a musician can approach practice and get the best results out of it.