For people like us who are looking to foster great habits, an environment conducive to development, and the peace of mind of knowing that what we’re doing has been tried and tested, The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle is a must read. Coyle breaks down the science of how our brains develop when learning and goes on to fill the book with examples of how to practice, how to inspire, and why long term commitment helps us to outperform.
I found the book to be so useful that I’ve asked all our instructors here to read it themselves. It is a fantastic resource.
The following is from Daniel Coyle’s Website:
Greatness Isn’t Born. It’s Grown. Here’s How.
What is the secret of talent? How do we unlock it? In The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle provides parents, teachers, coaches, businesspeople—and everyone else—with tools they can use to maximize potential in themselves and others.
Whether you’re coaching soccer or teaching a child to play the piano, writing a novel or trying to improve your golf swing, this revolutionary book shows you how to grow talent by tapping into a newly discovered brain mechanism.
Drawing on cutting-edge neurology and firsthand research gathered on journeys to nine of the world’s talent hotbeds—from the baseball fields of the Caribbean to a classical-music academy in upstate New York—Coyle identifies the three key elements that will allow you to develop your gifts and optimize your performance in sports, art, music, math, or just about anything.
Knowing how to practice and learn properly can be one of the more daunting challenges facing both parents and students. I highly recommend The Talent Code and I’m certain it can help all of us get better at our instruments and beyond.
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Looking forward to the music you’ll make,