Always Review

Make review an important part of your daily practice!

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Struggling with a piece that you once played with ease can be a frustrating experience, and yet we often choose to focus on new material over maintaining the old. Perhaps you and your child feel too busy and that there is only time to work on the new, or that there are too many pieces and you have lost track of what has been played  recently.  Studying an instrument is more than just moving on to a new piece. You want to feel confident that you have a library of music to play whenever you want! However, more often many students do not review pieces, and after taking several years of lessons feel they have nothing ready to play.

Creating a Review Schedule can assist with these issues, and make figuring out when to play what a breeze. I recommend starting by making a list together of every piece your child knows. Then divide the list you created into parts that can be managed in a usual day of practice. By dividing pieces up and making a chart it becomes manageable to cover a few, rather than the entire list, and it is easy to see when you last played certain pieces.

For rotating your divided lists, you can choose to rotate each day, each week, or even each month.

Attached below is an example of a Review Schedule created by Carrie Reuning-Hummel, which she shared with us at a training course.

 You can see how the lists and division of pieces naturally increase as your child has a larger amount of music to work on. This grows hand in hand with practice time, which should be increasing as your child gains experience.

Nicole Kootz

A Boston based violist and violinist, running around the city each week teaching music and studying Alexander Technique!

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