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Tech in the Practice Room: Five iPhone/iPad Apps to Optimize Students’ Practice Time

By Guest Author:  Dr. Joel Salvo, Prof. of Cello - St. Cloud State University

During my days as a student, settling into a practice room was akin to setting up camp.  After unpacking my cello, I would empty a tote bag with my tuner, an oversized metronome, some recording gear, and a handful o…

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Strategies for Consistent Practicing

Notes from Nancy Daley's presentation to Suzuki faculty on consistent practicing.


1. Get daily practice and listening topic out in the open! First lesson of Fall, I tell them what I expect

2. Don't ask amount of time because I just want to encourage regular…

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Practice Technique: Never Again!

by Jeremy Hanson Hanson.Jeremy@MacPhail.org

As teachers, we’ve probably all heard a student exclaim, “I always make that mistake!” or “I always screw that up.”

I don’t know if you have this reaction, but for me, this is as bad as fingernails on a chalkboard.  We know that what students …

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Slow Practicing

by Gail Olszewski  Olszewski.Gail@MacPhail.org

I've always preached the gospel of slow, thoughtful practice to my students, so it's really great when what you've been trying to do for these many years is backed up so eloquently by someone as knowledgeable as Wittner metronomeDr. Noa Kageyama, performance psycholog…

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The Case for Evernote

by Hanno Strydom Strydom.Hanno@MacPhail.org

Searching for the Holy Grail of Lesson Notes
Studio teachers are always looking for the best way to manage their students’ lesson notes. How do you include enough information to clearly communicate the assignments for the week without spending too muc…

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100 Days in a Row….news from the Suzuki Department

by Beth Turco Turco.Beth@MacPhail.org

The Suzuki Method is based on the belief that all children can learn to play an instrument at an early age in the same way they easily learn their native language – through listening, repetition, encouragement and parental involvement.  As teachers, we know th…

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