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Tips For More and Better Practice

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“The habits we groove become who we are, one minute at a time. A small thing, repeated, is not a small thing.” – Seth Godin

Whether you’re a parent of a budding musician or a musician in the making yourself we all know how important practice is in reaching our goals. We’re also aware of the effort it takes to get to the practice room on a regular basis. Then when we get there we’re not sure of ourselves.  Is there a better way to make use of this important time?

As a long time musician I can attest that it still takes great discipline to practice on a regular basis. My world is far busier than it’s ever been but I’ve developed some simple rules and techniques that I’ve applied to myself as well as my children. The results, while not perfect, have proved very satisfying and beneficial for both my kids and myself. They’ve shown to be positive in both musical and mental well being.

Some tips:

1.  Start Small

If practice is almost non-existent start with a humble goal.  I usually suggest doing 5 minutes more days than not.  For example, make a commitment to practice for 5 minutes on 4 days this week.  It may not sound like a lot but it’ll make a big difference especially if we’re coming up from almost no practice. After a few weeks of this add a few minutes to each session.  Repeat the process until we’ve reached a sufficient amount of time and it becomes a habit.

2.  Make It A Routine

If we wait for the right moment to practice we’re not going to practice.  Make it a scheduled daily event.  It should be something that if we miss we’re acutely aware of it.  Schedule it.

3. It’s A Workout

The Webster’s Dictionary definition of practice is as follows:

 to perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient

The key word here is “repeatedly”.  Doing a thing over and over again is how we get better at something.  The more we do it the better we’ll be and the better we leverage our time the more we’ll do it.

Set a timer for each practice item and play it again and again until the timer is up.  We should treat practice like a workout.  Just like we decide how far or how long we’re going to run before we get on the treadmill we should decide how long or how many times we’ll perform a specific musical exercise.  Like a good physical workout if we do it with intensity and focus the results will be superior and we’ll make the best use of our time.

In the spirit of tip #1 I’m going to stop here and pick up where we left off in an upcoming post but in the meantime I encourage  those of you who are struggling to practice consistently to try something small this week. Do it with focus and accomplish it with a well deserved pride. Great music is built one note at a time and so is a great musician.

Looking forward to the music you’ll make!,

Jon Torgrimsen
Owner and Director

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Experience and Support The Arts This Summer

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A Great Time For Music and Art

One of our favorite things about the summer are the multitude of music and arts events available here in our area.  We can’t stress enough how important it is to expose ourselves and our kids to live music and arts.  It’s a crucial element in developing young artists.  The experience and inspiration are things that can’t be found anywhere else except to experience real art and music in the flesh.

The folks at NJArts.net put together an exhaustive list of family friendly shows, concerts, and events to attend this summer.  We encourage you to take the family out to one of these events.  Maybe we’ll see you there!

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Summer Lessons

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Take advantage of some extra time this summer and get started learning to play and sing.  We offer a handful of flexible lesson options during our Summer session (6/27 – 8/26).

Packages:

4 30 minute lessons – $122

6 30 minute lessons – $175

8 30 minute lessons – $230

For more info email us at schedule@bwatermusic.com or call 732-469-9559

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Back to School Movie Night!

This Friday we’re proud to sponsor along with Gabriel’s Fountain “Back to School Movie Night”!

We’ll be showing:

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

When:  9/9 @ 7:30

Where: Out back on the lawn.  1946 Washington Valley Rd.

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Have a Listen!

Have a listen to vocal students Margot and Anushka performing 2 songs from our Vocal Workshop.  Awesome job girls!

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Student Spotlight – Jordan

In our student spotlight is Jordan.  This is the first song that Jordan learned and memorized on the Ukulele.  Have a listen and enjoy!

Way to go Jordan!  It sounds awesome!!

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Music Discovery Camp – August 22 – 26

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We’re excited to announce that our Music Discovery camp will be held this August 22nd through the 26th.  It’s an opportunity for kids to be immersed in music, fun, and friendship.  Campers will learn about the fundamentals of music all while participating in captivating games, activities, and an opportunity to perform the things they’ve learned at the camp finale performance.

When:  8/22 – 8/26 from 12:30 – 3:30

Where:  The Martinsville Community Center

1961 Washington Valley Rd, Martinsville, NJ

Ages:  K-6th grade

Cost: $300 if registered by August 1st (registration is $350 after 8/1)

How To Register:  Call us at 732-469-9559

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