Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Elements of Sustained Practice

If children want to play the piano well, they have to practice each and every day. It does not matter if they have talent or not, they still have to practice. When children truly enjoy playing the piano, they will play it as much as they can. They will discover that when they do not practice, they will have difficulty playing a song.

Therefore, it is important for children, or anyone who wants to become an accomplished piano player, or any type of musician, to engage in long hours of practice. E. Paul Torrance, a creative researcher, has said, “One of the most powerful wellsprings of creative energy, outstanding accomplishment, and self-fulfillment seems to be falling in love with something— your dream, your image of the future.” Therefore, having a vision of how the child wants to be in the future, relative to playing the piano, will determine how much time he/she spends practicing. The child who truly loves the piano will spend the required time developing their skill.

In order for children to spend the time in the required skill, they have to be focused. If they are easily distracted by what is going on around them, they will not be able to keep their attention on playing the piano. This will also help them to retain what they learn. Children also have to learn to learn not to give up if they are having difficulty learning a song. They must endure if they are to become great piano players.

With the proper mentor, children can learn to develop the habits that it will take for them to become accomplished in the field of music. They will not know what will make them great without a good teacher or mentor.

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