Dear Amy: I joined the string ensemble at my school this year, and we have to practice 60 minutes a week. Do you have any tips about how to squeeze practice time into my already busy schedule? — Tory J., Manhattan, New York
Dear Tory: The first step in making practice a priority is to set aside a quiet place for it. Find a location where you won’t be distracted by extraneous noise and you won’t be interrupted.
Also, make sure that all the materials you will need are close at hand in your designated rehearsal space. For instance, you may have certain apps you use on a tablet during practice to help tune your instrument or time your session.
Every instrumentalist has certain goals to work on at any given time. Have a specific goal in mind for each practice so you will be focused and can challenge yourself when you work on your skills. The length of your practice does not matter as much as its quality.
For more information on making the most of rehearsal time, check out How to Practice a Musical Instrument, tinyurl.com/jlr2b9q.
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