By Dr. Julie Knerr

Recital season is upon us! I generally have the students play each piece 25 times two weeks before the recital, by which they earn chocolate (1 piece if they complete 25 boxes, an extra piece if they complete bonus boxes). Since each student generally plays 2 – 5 pieces for the recital, they can really rake in the chocolate!

For my last round of recitals, I tried something different, as I found that although playing the pieces 25 times was very helpful, sometimes there were still small mistakes in their performances.

So I made cards with 20 Ways to Practice for a Recital, and we chose several in each lesson to try out. I also gave them a list to take home to practice these same ideas. They loved …