This semester, in addition to having students perform their latest solos, I have decided to present three themed masterclasses during seminar classes; The Art of Practicing, the Art of Phrasing, and the Art of Listening. I like to talk about basic ideas such as practicing, warm up routines, and breathing early on in the semester, so I started there. In a few weeks, the Art of Phrasing masterclass will be aimed at how to shape and form a musical line. Because the final project “The Power of Program Music” involves listening to and identifying recordings, I thought that I might highlight the importance of listening to great works to a student’s aural diet.
For the Art of Practicing masterclass, I had two students who were currently working through music play for us, then talked about how to go about practicing to overcome their particular problems. At first, I thought I might create a handout, so I searched for some online information and read numerous articles on the subject. I saved some helpful links that I think are quite worthy of your time.
“So you want to be a great tuba player” by Staff Sergeant David Brown of the U.S. Army Band.
How to Practise Music from the BBC
Practice tips by Doug Yeo
A Guide to Great Home Music Practice by Catherine Schmidt-Jones (from Connexions)
“Imagine If You Practice” by David Salidino
A Shared Handout – “How to Practice” by Jon Dittert
Intentional Practice Blog by Jonathan Harnum