10 points to guarantee improvement in piano

Love this. Just spent 13 mins watching this.

Contents: 0. Introduction [0:00] 1. Listen and study scores [1:59] 2. Sight-reading at least 20 min. a day [4:29] 3. Read about music (biographies of composers, music history books, etc.) [5:32] 4. Go to live concerts, listen to professional performances of all instruments, not just piano [6:17] 5. Record and critique yourself [7:15] 6. Guard your practice time (plan your time, write the schedule). Remember the idea that you start getting good at something after 10 000 hours of practice [8:06] 7. Scales and arpeggios!!! All keys should be equally comfortable for you [9:16] 8. Improvise and compose [10:52] 9. Go straight at your weaknesses in music [11:46] 10. Discuss music with other musicians [12:37]

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The way we learn

Now we are gathering our studio practicing minutes for last year. Here’re a few pix. Some thoughts on ‘the way we learn’. We used the highlighter tapes and students marked down their practicing time creatively in 15 mins blocks/slots. It’s super fun and effective.