As we enter our last week of lessons before the school closure for the holidays, it seemed like a great time to discuss how to practice over a break:
#1. Take a Break:
This may seem counterintuitive, but taking a break can be very good for refreshing yourself, and allowing yourself to savour some time off. Nothing makes us appreciate our craft more than spending some time away from it, and returning with renewed energy and focus. Make sure that you enjoy your holidays for a few days!
#2. Return refreshed:
You can come back to your practice now with refreshed perspective, and renewed energy! This is a great time to re-evaluate how you’ve been practicing up until now. Hopefully, having had some time away from your regular routine, you can return to practice with a new perspective. Make sure that your practice has not fallen into a rut, that can countermand your own progress. Research has shown that thinking about how you are learning (termed metacognition) is one of the best factors in memory retention, and application of knowledge.
#3. Little by little:
The best kind of progress is the sort that’s made every day with small, but continued movement forward. When you move back into a practice routine after a few days of rest, make sure you’re not jumping in, and trying to make up for lost time. Starting small, with maybe only 10-15 minutes a day, can help you get back on track, and ensure that practice doesn’t feel quite so onerous.
* Harmony Music School will be closed from Sunday December 24th, 2017 through until the New Year. Our lessons will resume on Monday January 8th, 2018.
We hope you have a wonderful holiday break!
**Congratulations to the following students whose names were drawn from the Practice Jar!
(Aylin A., Alveena A., Devyani B., Charlotte B., Jones B., Madeline B., Sophia C., Hazel C., Thornton C., Kate D., Gabriel E., Pietra F., Omara G., Alyssa G., Cara G., Timothy G., Tajveer G., Elliott H., Kira J., Freya K., Katherine K., Keira L., Jermaise L., Farah L., Emily M., Brooke M., Jaide M., Erica M., Sienna M., Amayah M., Karya M., Marium M., Serena N., Emiliano P., Alaya P., Heebat R., Sophie R., Rhys R., Joshua R., Caitlin R., Charla-Gwyne S., Jasmine S., Sana S., David S., Sheldon W., Alexander W., Nathan W., Abigail W., Richy X., Divya Y.)
– You can pick your prizes up from any of our 4 Harmony Music School locations!