RAISING THE BAR – one practice session at a time

RAISING THE BAR – one practice session at a time

Often, at the beginning of a lesson, I like to recap the last week’s lesson and ask my students to recall what we discussed in the last lesson and what goals we had set for the coming week. I try to encourage students to set more concrete weekly goals for themselves in each piece they are working on; whether that’s simply playing a section straight through hands together, or attaining that faster tempo, or focusing on the dynamics throughout. I think one of the most important things you can do is to have a solid goal for each practice session that focuses on something you covered in your lesson. For me, sometimes that’s just getting through a couple of lines at a time and sometimes it’s a bigger goal, like making it through the whole piece at tempo.
  At the end of each lesson I like to ask my students what they think a good goal for the week might be. Sometimes they want to make things easy for themselves and set the bar a little too low, so we try to raise it just a bit each week. The idea is to set goals that are manageable and can be accomplished within the week, but that still present a challenge and will require some focus and diligent practice.
   So next time you sit down to practice, try to set a goal for that practice session! Have something concrete to accomplish that works towards your overall goal for the week! Each time, try to aim a little higher and set goals that challenge you more each time!
                                                                         – Michelle Sirois, B.M., Piano Instructor
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My daughter has been registered here since she was 7. Each instructor she’s had has been very friendly and great to work with. Currently she has lessons with Ms Maria and we are so grateful for her and the entire SAMA staff. I can’t recommend enough.

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Jacob was an excellent guitar instructor. He was patient and prepared. I definitely recommend him to any person wanting to learn guitar.

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San Antonio Music Academy is awesome, my son loves the guitar lessons and is super excited to attend every week! He started with zero experience and progressed surprisingly fast. Randy is an amazingly talented guitarist/teacher. He is very patient, yet knows how to push students to the next level. Highly recommend all the instructors, the staff is great!

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