A Word On Practice

Among all the arts, music of the literate tradition requires committing a piece of music into one’s nervous system. Mastery of a piece requires the muscles to know the music as well as – or better than – the conscious mind. The great bulk of work in this course will constitute practicing exercises until they are mastered. In order to master an exercise, a great deal of rote repetition is required, so that muscle memory can manifest. At least 60 minutes of practice a day are essential to succeed in the course, occasionally more.  


For the purposes of muscle memory, daily practice is far more effective than occasional practice. 30 minutes daily are far more effective than 8 hours twice a week.


Finally, unlike most of the academic work you have done, understanding the concept is insufficient if one can’t recognize it when you hear it, or sound it. To hear is to know. 

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