We are going to focus on good practice habits in November. We will begin with some great motivational thoughts from pianist-teacher-composer Seymour Bernstein:
*Look upon your talent as something uniquely yours and develop it.
* Productive practicing is a process that promotes self-integration. It is the kind of practice that puts you in touch with an all-pervasive order.
*One thing is certain: your progress will be proportionate to the quality and quantity of the effort expended.
*Being at the piano allows an emotional response not just for music, but for life.
And from piano pedagogue extraordinaire Marvin Blickenstaff:
*Music is EXPRESSION. This is the most important concept for musicians to understand and practice.
*We study the piano for the sake of expressing what it means to be a human being.
We will continue throughout November to think about good practice habits, and I will continue to share with you my insight on practicing developed over a lifetime of being at the piano. Music study has given back to me more than I can say, and I will always encourage you to feel the same!