A few thoughts on practicing from an article in the Wall Street Journal – an article that applies practice as musicians and athletes know it to other areas. Italicized comments are my own thoughts.
- “Practice lets us execute a task while using less and less brain processing.” Fingers can fly by themselves as we dig into the creative elements.
- “…many instructors, in talking about practice, are just as likely to get things wrong as to get them right… fast, simple feedback is almost always more effective at shaping behaviour than is a more comprehensive response well after the fact.” Fast and simple. Put the lid on too much teacher talk.
- “It is easy to mistake critique for correction.” Mary Gae George would take it one step further – prepare the students and pieces adequately, negating the need for correction. This is a work in progress for me.
- “… when it comes to practice, simpler is often better. The brain (prefers to learn) in manageable leaps. Then it releases the chemicals that reward success and deeply encode behavoir.” Manageable leaps. Baby steps for some. The joy of teaching.
Read the entire article here.