Practice! Practice! Practice! 5 Areas of Practicing Music Success!

Posted by Matthew Ramel on

Practice is important for every instrument and skill. But by understanding how to practice is a crucial part of practicing. It is important to always keep in mind the quality of what you practice is always more important then the quantity you practice.

Why do we need to teach practicing to our students?

  • To teach students how to develop the skills to practice.
  • To teach students that quality of practice is more important then the time you practice.
  • To help students to become motivated to practice.

What Practice Habits Create Success?

  • practicing at home
  • empowering problem solving skills will allow for greater success during practice.
  • Students keeping in mind quality is always more important then quantity.

How do you build Practice Technique?

  • Guided Practice
  • Modeling how to practice correctly
  • Questioning students what to practice and how to practice it.

5 areas of practicing music

  • Note Reading 
  • Rhythm
  • Technique
  • Tone Quality 
  • Expression

For best success, have students work on just 1 or 2 areas of practice. This will allow students to not be overwhelmed with all 5 areas.

How do you practice each area of music?

Note reading

  • Identify Notes
  • finger and say
  • slow tempo down
  • break down in to smaller parts


  • subdivide
  • clap and count
  • play rhythm on one pitch
  • break down in to smaller parts


  • finger and say rhythm
  • slow down tempo
  • break in to smaller parts

Tone Quality

  • Long Tones
  • Play slowly
  • Breathing exercises
  • sing your part


  • Meaning behind playing
  • Picture a story to what you are playing
  • emotion behind each note you play

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