Practice Makes Permanent

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Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi Ahhh, all of those words of wisdom about practice!  Practice is defined as follows: Prac·tice  /ˈpraktəs/verb perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency. carry out or perform (a particular activity, method, or […]

It’s about Motivation (even with a Fancy-Schmancy name)

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I just love it when I discover that I’ve doing something that really has a ‘fancy-schmancy’ name.  Somehow, I feel validated…dare I say, important?   What I’m talking about is called the “Self-Determination Theory.” It was coined by two psychologists,  Richard Ryan and Edward Deci. I promise not to toss a bunch of esoteric psycho-theory […]

Where? will music find your child.

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I was a kicker.  No, girls weren’t allowed to play football in the 80’s, nor did my rural school in Kansas didn’t offer soccer.   But, as a little girl, I distinctly remember sitting at the piano bench.  I wore a handmade dress and black patent leather Mary Janes, knee socks to match.  My long […]

Rewards…Going beyond $$$

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re·ward rəˈwôrd/ noun –  a thing given in recognition of one’s service, effort, or achievement. I recently spoke at a teacher training course at an Arts School.   Of course, the age-old question popped up:  “How do you get kids to practice?”   “Yup, there it is,” I thought to myself.   Really, I don’t have […]

Say It! Being real meets being kind.

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Me: “What goals would you like to work towards? What do you need to improve upon?” Susie Student: “I’m pretty good at everything.” Me: “But what would you like to do even better?” Susie: “I don’t know… what do you think I don’t do very well?” Me:.… awkward silence… and then realizing I feel very […]

Raw. Real. Unfiltered…Thoughts on Performance

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I hate performing.  No, scratch that.  I really like to perform but it scares the {expletive} out of me.  There I said it.  I’m not good enough.  Someone will judge me.  After all, I should be a flawless pianist.  I’m a teacher aren’t I? The Back Story There’s always a back story, huh?  Here’s mine. […]

Knock, Knock. Is Nancy NeverPractice Home?

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I hated to practice. I’m not proud of it, but I gouged deep scratches in our burgundy spinet, thanks to sharp, low-heels on my Mary Janes, and a good, swift kick. I could throw a youngest-child tantrum with the best of them. You see, I’m from a long line of tenacious women. A less-kind description […]

The Practice PACT: it’s a lot like life.

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Have you ever made a pact with yourself, only to find that a few weeks later you have broken it already? How about that New Year’s diet resolution? Or, remember that exercise faze you started before Spring Break, and then fell out of last summer? Exercise is one habit, however, that I have not broken […]