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Cappelli Institute of Music:  Practice Philosophy

Practice PhilosophyA positive musical and educational experience is our goal.  Practice is the cornerstone of success.  Our belief is that success is dependent on three factors:

  • Solid instruction
  • Practice
  • Meaningful musical experiences.  

For these reasons we stress the importance of excellent regular musical instruction, a daily practice regimen and frequent evaluation (student jury) and recital experiences.

Practice requires daily, weekly and long term goals. We provide a weekly lesson plan, practice direction and assignments.  During the week, between regular lessons students need to assume the responsibility of regular practice on their own.  Much like daily homework or sports practice, the skills learned at music practice are refined and perfected over time.

Basic Elements of Music:

Music is a combination of notes (pitch) and rhythm (counts).  All practice should include careful attention to accurate and sincere note-reading (do not write in notes as this is counterproductive to learning), and note values (counts).  If you develop the good habit of practicing in short four measure phrase groups, at a slow and easy to manage tempo it is only a matter of time before every assignment is perfectible.

Piano LessonsStudents should count out loud.  The time signature identifies beats per measure and the beat standard (i.e. a quarter note gets one count-in the case of 4/4 time).  Use this to apply out loud counting throughout the practice session on whatever is being practiced. Metronomes are useful for keeping the beat steady but cannot count for any student.

Students other than vocalists and percussionists will benefit from careful attention to fingerings and hand or scale positions.  Your CIM instructor will help to point these out at regular lessons.

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