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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

NYT: Early Music Lessons Have Longtime Benefits

How to Be Ready for the Big Test « The Talent Code

How to Be Ready for the Big Test « The Talent Code

"I love that line, not just because it resonates with what I observed with the SEALs, but also because it gives us some insight into what real preparation for big tests truly is. You do something over and over – every single contingency – until you are tired of it.

This is not normally how we think about preparation. In normal life, we think that practice ends when we get it right a couple times in a row. But in truth, that’s when practice truly begins. The goal is not to do it right once. The goal is to do it often enough, in realistic conditions and under pressure, so that you can’t do it wrong." (My italics).

-Daniel Coyle

Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Other Suzuki Triangle

"The discipline of practice, the constant listening and the habit of continuous self reflection, things that are manifested in the mature musician, are born in the youngest students in the nurturing environment of the Suzuki studio. Suzuki Education is much more than a collection of pieces from the classical repertoire. It is the gateway to a life filled with music of all kinds, played with clarity, joy and respect. Suzuki education is the gift of music to the masses."

-Mark George, Chair of the SAA Board