Piano Studio of Diane Densmore

About Practice

Why Practice?

  • to make something easier
  • to improve skills and ensure progress
  • to cultivate ability
  • to learn how to pursue and reach goals

How Does Practice Work?

  • Effective practice utilizes focused, careful repetition of a specific skill or small section of a piece to develop a higher level of ability.
  • Each step is mastered before moving on to the next step.
  • Practice involves repetition of skills and songs already learned. Skills become more refined and are incorporated into more advanced pieces in more sophisticated ways.

Should Practice Be Fun?

  • Practice itself is not usually fun, but if done correctly, it will provide feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction. Practice is the hard work that makes it possible to enjoy playing.

Words from Dr. Kataoka on Practice

 "It's impossible for children to practice alone--they don't have the desire, and they don't think logically regarding cause and effect, such as, 'If I practice well, I will play better.' "

"If parents are strict about manners when children are young, children acquire good manners. Dr. Suzuki recognized this and applied it to children's musical education."

"Traditional thinking is that we don't need to teach so seriously with young children--serious study is for college. But young children need to be taught seriously from the beginning."

"All children hate to practice, but all children love music."