Our schedules are normally filled with a broad variety of activities, many of them very important and not easy to postpone. Practice is one of those tasks in which we musicians are expected to spend a portion of our days.
As the repertoire gets gradually more challenging and the pieces lengthier, it becomes essential to prioritize and organize the available practice time. On many occasions we are tempted to start practicing a piece from the very beginning, and when running into a tricky passage or mistake, we go back to the top of the page. This apparently simple (and customary) action could demand a substantial part of our limited practice time.
A friend and colleague of mine, Dr. Lynn Worcester Jones (Keyboard Area Coordinator at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) presented an idea to help with this common problem, which she calls the three I’s.
This simple, yet effective strategy, will make our limited practice time significantly more efficient and less time consuming. I look forward to sharing more practice strategies with you at our annual Piano Day!
– Dr. Marcelo Lian | Piano Artist-Faculty