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What are good practice habits? (Read 1316 times)

Offline mishamalchik

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What are good practice habits?
« on: March 21, 2017, 11:47:36 PM »
     What is your practice routine? How do you advise your students to practice in order to get the most out of their time? I need some practice advice.

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Offline nancytanaka

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Re: What are good practice habits?
«Reply #1 on: April 06, 2017, 05:58:17 PM »
Firstly, my students and I always come up with a concrete goal for the next lesson at the end of each lesson. Then, I tell my students that the first thing they should do after lesson is to come up with a daily plan for the week to reach that goal. I found that this keeps them accountable for daily practice and helps them to break up their work so it's not so overwhelming.

I also tell them to use as many tools available to them (like online backing tracks) because they live in an age where so many really great resources are available to them for free!

http://blog.betterpracticeapp.com/dump-the-notebook-writing-great-assignment-notes
This article explains it pretty well.

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Re: What are good practice habits?
«Reply #2 on: April 07, 2017, 10:06:32 PM »
Firstly, my students and I always come up with a concrete goal for the next lesson at the end of each lesson. Then, I tell my students that the first thing they should do after lesson is to come up with a daily plan for the week to reach that goal.....

http://blog.betterpracticeapp.com/dump-the-notebook-writing-great-assignment-notes
This article explains it pretty well.
I like what you wrote (the whole post) but I don't like the article, especially its examples.  "Play p. 1, no mistakes, at 150 bpm" is no kind of goal, and does not go into how to practice.  It's an "end goal".  So will the student play p. 1 from beginning to end slowly and faster, over and over?  Is he just aiming for the correct notes in "no mistakes"?  What about relaxed and good motion?  In "how to practice" I'd expect to see things like working in smaller sections, and bringing them together; aiming for areas of difficulty and how to tackle them (as instructed in lessons); aiming for timing, or counting, or dynamics.
I like the idea of concrete goals, guidance in practising, and also using a variety of resources including modern ones.
You have mentioned this app in several of your posts.  One cannot see samples without signing up, and one must be a practising teacher in order to sign up.  In apps I've seen in the past, they did not allow for much detail, and they tended to go toward either keeping track of practise time, or frequency (how often to repeat something).  I sort of prefer pencil and paper (no notebook dumping for me. :) )