This is an article about a study done at the University of Austin to learn more about specific practice habits of piano majors—who were the best players and most effective learners. Really cool.
Granted this is a study with collegiate piano majors, but I think these findings are good tips for all of us, young and old alike!
Check out the top 8 strategies that led to the most success. (I also like the part about instilling kids with some sort of a work ethic that comes in handy in the future. Totally true.)
What I especially find interesting is the part about how many times the participants played the passage incorrectly: “the more times they played it incorrectly, the worse their ranking tended to be.”
“The researchers note that the most striking difference between the top three pianists and the rest, was how they handled mistakes.”
Great quote at the end of the article:
“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”
—George Bernard Shaw
And this one is one of my favorites, I think about it a lot:
“Man has no nobler or more valuable possession than time.”
—Ludwig van Beethoven