To kick off the new school year, we have 10 ways to make practicing more effective and a happier experience. iStock
Last summer, we published a week-long series called “The Young Person’s Guide to Making Music” in collaboration with our colleagues at the radio program From The Top. The idea was to provide guidance and suggestions for parents and kids just starting out in music, with ideas for everything from finding a great teacher to reducing audition anxiety.
The piece in that series that struck the biggest chord (har, har) was titled “Getting Kids to Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums”; it’s been one of our most popular posts all year. And we promised ourselves that we’d circle back to the topic of how to practice effectively around the time of a new school year. But these tips are effective for anyone who plays an instrument or sings. Full story.
Anastasia Tsioulcas (NPR Music) / September 3, 2015