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Practice Makes Permanent: Teaching Students to Practice Effectively

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  • We have methods for teaching technique, rhythm reading, and note reading. Why is there no clear method for teaching young instrumentalists to practice effectively? Going beyond simply describing a number of practice techniques, this session will present findings from research related to the practice habits of young musicians and propose a number of ways teachers can begin to teach their students to practice effectively. New uses of practice sheets will be proposed that encourage smart practice.
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  • Steve Oare is the assistant professor of music education at Wichita State University. Dr. Oare earned his Ph.D. in music education from Michigan State University, a MM and a Diploma of Fine Arts in the Kodaly Method from the University of Calgary and a BME from the University of Idaho. Dr. Oare taught beginning through high school band for 16 years in Lacey, WA, also serving as school district instrumental music facilitator. A woodwind specialist, Dr. Oare has served as the principal clarinetist in the Olympia Symphony Orchestra and the Northwest Wind Symphony, and as a saxophonist with the 22nd Avenue Dixieland Band. His research interests include improving the practice habits of novice instrumentalists, self-assessment, and the use of video case studies in teacher education.