The subject of practicing is one that I have always been fascinated with and in turn have read and used many resources. I have even done a practicing camp session with my students a couple times and highly recommend doing something like it with your students. There are many great materials out there on practicing, but I haven’t come across anything as family friendly as a new book by Tracy Capps Selle called 101 Practice Tips.
101 Practice Tips has tips that will help a brand new student to a student that have been taking lessons for years. It is not only chock full of 101 practice tips, but the ideas are short and easy to understand. Matter of fact, the layout even lends itself for some fun. A student can pick a number from a hat, use a random number generator or app and then use that practice tip that day or for a particular piece. Use a different tip each day! Try doing all 101 practice tips within 101 days!
101 Practice Tips are divided nicely into sections. Here are some samples of what you will find…
– Introduction (A short encouraging note from Tracy)
–The Top Ten Things You Can Do Right Now
–Create a Great Environment
–Make a Plan
–Attitude is Everything
–How to Encourage More Practice
–Make it Fun: Accountability
–Find Opportunities for Your Child to Perform
–How to Help Older Students
–All Practice Does Not Need to be at the Piano
–Things to Remember
–Tips from Kids
–Tips from Parents
–Help! My Child Wants to Quit Piano Lessons
101 Practice Tips is an e-book that is available through the Kindle app. The kindle app is pretty much available on any mobile device in addition to Mac computers (not sure about Windows).
101 Practice Tips has a price tag that is affordable for every family to own a copy in their home. Whether you are a piano/music teacher, parent, student of any age, this book is a must have! I will be highly encourage families in my studio to purchase. For $2.99 there is no excuses, really.
Tracy has kindly offered to give away a copy of this book to a teacher! To enter please comment on one of your favorite practice tips that you like to share with your students. Deadline to enter is by Sunday, February 9th; 10:00pm (az mountain standard). Giveaway has expired.
***UPDATE*** Turns out you CAN read via the kindle app from your PC as well! Check this link out here to explain how you do it.
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