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The Practice of Practice: Good Practice is More Than You Think

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  • What exactly is good music practice? How does good practice create talent? The information in this talk is drawn from in-depth interviews with world-class musicians in multiple genres of music as well as from hundreds of published research studies on practice. Musicians interviewed include members of major symphonies (CSO, NYPhil, HKPO), highly accomplished jazz musicians, singer-songwriters, as well as professional West African and Indian classical musicians. Practice approaches differ slightly according to musical genre. The talk will cover useful practice strategies, but also will reveal some of the hidden habits, mindsets, and techniques necessary for improving musical ability in any genre of music.
  • Jonathan Harnum (
  • 12/18/2014 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM
  • Meeting Room W186
  • Jonathan Harnum is a multi-instrumentalist with over 30 years of experience practicing, performing, and teaching music. Harnum earned a Ph.D. in music education from Northwestern University, and is the author of Sound the Trumpet: How to Blow Your Own Horn; Basic Music Theory: How to Read, Write, and Understand Written Music, and The Practice of Practice.