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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sixty Days of Practice

Solomon and Nova recently finished their sixty days of practice challenge (I think our previous record for consecutive practice was about two weeks).  It was transformative. Certainly, their playing got better; but most importantly, their enjoyment of the instrument went way up, and griping about practice virtually disappeared.    They were playing on their own, making up songs together and playing duets!  The key (for me) was understanding how important it is to play something everyday.  Even a five minute practice maintained the continuity, reserving a place for violin in the day and in their minds.  I used the past tense because, sadly, an injury derailed us from our next goal--100 days--around day 75.  But we are ready to start again.       

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