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How was your practice this week?

In reception you will find a fun way to answer this question.

When you come to the Academy for you lesson check out the orange tub under the ducks where you will find smiley faces for all the instruments we teach in the Academy. If you are super happy with your achievements this week. You feel you have achieved a goal, moved forward on a skill or managed every day choose a green edge.

If you have had a challenging week, maybe not quite achieved all you wanted or missed a few days, then choose a yellow edge and chat with your teacher, or reception, about how you can achieve a better week.

If it really has not worked, maybe a broken instrument , you have been unwell or on holiday. Perhaps the work was too hard or you felt you could not win. Then choose red edge but please do not leave until we have had a chat and helped to fix the problem.

Music practice is important for music students because it is the only way you will achieve your goal and get better at playing your instrument of choice. After asking all our students, every single one wanted to get better at playing their instrument - so whats stopping you from practising 10 - 15 minutes every day? How about doing it twice? Talk to us and we can help. If you would like a practise consultation and analysis session you can book a session below.

Practice is very important in learning music and it’s the only way to become confident as a musician. In the article Why It’s Important to Continue Practicing Music Dr. Sean Hutchins states that continuing practise, whether having lessons or not, boosts cognitive skills, builds social bonds, and the sense of achievement it provides.

The main reason to continue practicing music is to get better at it; it really is that simple. If you don’t practice, you won’t improve.

Music practise can help students reduce stress, anxiety, and improve their performance. The benefits are experienced in many fields, not just music. The Arts Education Partnership in the leaflet Music Matters report that music education equips students with the foundational abilities to learn, to achieve in other core academic subjects, and to develop the capacities, skills and knowledge essential for lifelong success. It sharpens student attentiveness, strengthens perseverance, cultivates better thinking skills, improves recall and retention of verbal information, advances math achievement, boosts reading and English language skills. You can read more about this on the link below.

It is well documented that music improves every area of life. All it takes is a little practise, every day, and music will give more benefits than just the 30 or so minutes you put in every day.

There are some interesting articles in the links below to find out more information on the benefits of music.

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