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Can a music student practice too much?


Practice makes perfect.

Practice if you were the worst and perform if you were the best! 

Practice, Practice, Practice!!!! 

As SuperJams aproach we are all telling our students to practice their pieces. Some students are focusing all of their practice energy on making their performance piece absoulutly perfect. 

But can you be practicing too much!? Could too much practice actually damage your playing?

If a student already has compleated his/her performance piece and everything is perfect, he/she should still practice, but maybe not everyday. When playing the piece there still needs to be an element of "freshness" in the student's sound, touch and feel of the song.

So as your student practices keep these few tips in mind: 

 1. Before playing the whole piece, play the trouble spots

 2. If the piece you are playing is perfect and you are ready to play at the recital, only practice every other day or take off few days of playing it. This helps to keep it fresh. 

 3. Sometimes instead of playing at your instrument, visualize the music or try to hum or sing the song in your head. 

 4. Try playing the piece in front of family and friends just like you would at the recital. 

Use these few tips to help your student stay fresh and excited about their recital piece. Remember to keep on encouraging him/her and helping him/her feel excited and ready to play on the big day.

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