What School Jazz Programs Teach Us About Learning

Published: Jan 23, 2020  |   Category: motivation, learning, practicing, performing, benefits


Six key principles for effective learning.   .....Read More


Our Musical Brains

Published: Jan 23, 2017  |   Category: motivation, learning, practicing


We humans love our music. Americans on average listen to four hours of music per day. Around the globe, people consistently rank music as one of life’s top pleasures and sources of emotional support. Yet, surprisingly, neuroscientists understand relatively little about how our brain pr.....Read More


Correcting Errors In Our Playing

Published: Nov 4, 2015  |   Category: learning, practicing


We make mistakes when we play music. One thing that separates an average player from an accomplished musician is the ability to identify and correct errors. To do so, the player can follow these Four I’s of error correction: • Identify • Isolate • Iterate • Integrate Identify: this is the listening step. The error may be obvious or subtle. Isolate: remove the trouble area from the music around it, a.....Read More


Learning over time

Published: Nov 3, 2015  |   Category: motivation, learning, practicing, performing


     Daily practice can at times feel like a burden. Often, a beginning musician feels as if he or she is making little or no progress. This feeling is normal, as musical development is like a savings account—it takes a while to see any growth. Parents need to remind their young musicians that progress is often too slow to recognise. "It doesn't matter if it feels like you're not getting any.....Read More


Four stages of learning

Published: Oct 20, 2015  |   Category: learning, practicing


     In order to make the best use of our practice time we need to find a balance between being immersed in practice and observing ourselves practice. Understanding how we learn can help us to do that. Each of our musical activities falls into one of the four stages of learning. If we participate in mindful practice we will be able to move any one of those activities from struggle to effo.....Read More