make the most of your practice time


Prepare to Practice

  • Have a practice zone away from distractions                                         
  • Get ready -- pencil for marking music, metronome, timer   
  • Keep a practice log and set goals
  • Schedule practice time 6 days a week . . . before school or activities is best   
  • Warm up with technique (scales, cadences, exercises)
  • Change order for practicing pieces or sections of pieces
  • End practice session with something fun!

Solving Musical Problems

  • Set a goal for each practice session
  • Find a problem (stumbling place or "bite") in a piece 
  • Think how to fix this place    
  • Isolate the problem "bite" and practice it for 5 minutes
  • Connect the corrected "bite" back into the piece (start before the "bite" and  end a measure or 2 after it)

the language of music


Music Theory

    Music theory is the study of how music works!  

It includes music vocabulary, notation, rhythmic understanding, key  signatures, scales, cadences, chords, intervals, ear training, analysis,  

        and so much more!  Understanding music theory is necessary for playing      an instrument.  Websites to help reinforce concepts:                                 


Free Music ear training Apps


Ear Training Apps

Interval Ear Trainer guess the next note on the keyboard

Piano Ear Trainer recognize pitch & keys on the keyboard

Right Note learn interval numbers and quality                     

Functional Ear Trainer learn to play music by ear               

Ear Trainer Lite compare intervals, chords, scales               

music history and style



 The four main musical style periods are:

Baroque (1600-1750)                  

Classical (1750 - 1825)                 

Romantic (1825 - 1900)               

 Contemporary (1900 to present)

Websites about musical periods and composers: