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Repetition for Music Skill Development

The inflexible and automatic knowledge gained through repetition is the foundation of expert performance, but be warned—repeat carefully! The learning brain does not distinguish between good and poor habits but learns whatever we repeat. Repetition creates permanence, and habits are difficult

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Distributing Practice Over Time

“Sir, when should I practise? Practise only on the days that you eat.” -Shin’ichi Suzuki Memory is more effective when learning is distributed over a period of time rather than in one hit. This process of memory consolidation is known

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A Key Indicator of Future Musical Progress

Having an explicit long-term commitment is a key indicator of future progress. In a study conducted by Australian music educator Dr Gary McPherson, children were asked how long they thought they might persist with learning their instrument. The options ranged

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What is Your Musical Potential?

I love this quote from Beethoven: “Prince, what you are you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am through my own efforts. There have been thousands of princes and will be thousands more, but there is only

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