Newsletter :: November 2012 214-436-4058 music@friscoschoolofmusic.com Ready To Get Started? In this issue *Coffee House *Effective Practicing -Part 2 Welcome Our New Students Who Enrolled In October Jenny Reeves Michelle Dissette Beea Garganera Jathin Desan Austin Liu Mark Walker Angelina Passerelle Megan McBride Hendrich Wenkel Joseph Passarelle Lauren Shrago Lily Le Christian Martindale Kashvi Nagpal Raima Das Nathan Olliges Vinay Jayanti Nikita Srinivas Yuval Marom Grant Watkins Ashley Philip Kate Long Brecken Sauthoff Sydnie Williams Nicquet Ratzman Kathryn  Thompson Brittan Welborne Kieran Welborne Blanca Gaona Kai Russo Allyson Lirette Gemma Trumbauer Houston Williams Jacob Barthelme Rachel Garza Sawyer Wheatley Kyle Wilkins Ashlyn Kruse Blanca Gaona Parker Landry Ines Andrade Zack Lieberman Thank you for being part of our School! The Frisco School of Music Team Coffee House: October 27th! News and Events Copyright 2012 Frisco School of Music Texas Music Teachers Association Frisco School of Music      ·      9255 Preston Road · Frisco, TX 75033      ·      214-436-4058 Effective Practicing From Our Violin Instructor Ms. Alexis Lantgen - Part Two After you have started using all the right tools, you need to start involving all of the right senses. As we all know from health class, humans have five senses--sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. While we don't use taste or smell in music, we do use sight, hearing, and touch.   All people are different kinds of learners. Generally, we break the different kinds of learning into three types--visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. In other words, some students learn best from seeing, some from listening, and others from doing or touching. However, in music all of these aspects are important-- students have to read music visually, play the instrument physically, and listen carefully with their ears. In this way, music encourages global learning using multiple learning styles, which is likely why it's so strongly associated with high IQ and other markers of academic success. So how do we use different senses or learning styles when practicing? When I teach students, I often ask them to focus their awareness on different senses while they are practicing. For example, intonation and a beautiful vibrato depend on having a good left hand position. If a student is struggling with their left hand, I first ask them to put down their bow (which is a distraction) and play pizzicato. Then, I remind them to feel the strings with their fingers, and stay aware of the tiny muscles in their hands. By focusing entirely on the movement of their hand, I can engage their kinesthetic sense. I might next ask them listen to a CD of their music, or else sing the music. That helps them focus on the auditory learning style. Finally, I tell all my students to practice in front of a mirror. Before they play, they can check their hand positions in the mirror, and while they are playing they can make sure they have good posture and good bow position by looking in front of the mirror. By engaging multiple senses and learning styles, students can learn music more thoroughly and develop a more complete understanding of their instrument. Often, when a musician becomes frustrated with their practicing, it's because they are only focusing on one sense or learning style, and not engaging their other senses. A passage that I might struggle with if I'm only staring avidly at the notes on the page can become much better if I instead think about how my hand feels so I learn when it's becoming tense. The last aspect of practicing effectively is one of the most neglected, in my experience. Professional musicians often think of practicing as something we do alone. It's true that much of our practice is most effective when we're alone, but I think that practicing with friends can be an extremely useful tool. For one thing, it reminds you that many other people are struggling and working on the same issues you are. Friends can also give you encouragement and positive feedback, which can be invaluable. They can also be a good resource for practicing tips and ideas. Finally, many more social people enjoy practicing more when they can do it with friends, and enjoyment and camaraderie makes a huge difference. The FSM Coffee House was a blast!    We heard performances from students of all ages, instruments, and levels. Thanks to Flutopia for their performance in our Saturday 12:00 show! Join us for the next Coffee House on March 2, 2013! Home | Work For Us | Contact Us Piano and Keyboard Lessons Violin and Viola Lessons Summer Music Camps Guitar and Bass Lessons Drum and Percussion Lessons The Bands Voice and Singing Lessons Flute, Trumpet and Saxophone Lessons Performing Arts Preschool Office Open December 27 to 29 and January 2 to 5 - 11 to 2 pm Christmas Break - Lessons Resume January 7th Music Registration Hotline - Phone Calls Only - December 26, 2 to 5 pm