Organized Practicing

By: Stephanie Landry

  1. Rhythm
  • Consistent pulse (use metronome: preference eight notes)
  • Do Aural Skills dictation (Are you able to dictate from your recording the exact rhythm?)
  • Playing consistent repetitions of music (5-10 perfectly)


  1. Learning the Notes
  • Link together the correct rhythm and correct notes!
  • Check your notes with the piano or play them down the octave.
  • Repeat isolated passages 5-10 times. (This allows for consistency)


  1. Recognize Dynamics, Specific Articulations and Intonation
  • This is just as important as the last two topics!
  • Be aware that it is extremely difficult to make music without these three concepts.
  • Repeat passages again for consistency.


  1. Tempo
  • Practice at a tempo that you can perform the piece/passage 1-3 times flawlessly. After that step then you can begin to accelerate the tempo. Remember to complete several repetitions of each passage before increasing the speed.
  • During this process you should sporadically check yourself with the indicated or recommended tempo. This allows for you to know how far you have come and where you need to be.
  • Once you have reached your desired tempo you should cut off the metronome so that the pulse begins to be more internal.


  1. Explore Being Musical
  • Dynamics, Articulation and intonation are the beginning steps to being musical.
  • Never allow the music to stay in one place. Discover when the music should naturally rise and fall. Listening will help this process.
  • Try to create a story or use descriptive words for the music, this will help to engage your audience.