We Perform What We Practice
I found myself using this phrase (title above) again with my elementary band students and it is applicable in all levels of musical performance. If you get lazy while you’re practicing little issues (I call them “gremlins”) can insert themselves into your performance. Perhaps you are playing an instrumental rhythm inaccurately because you did not practice it initially at a slow enough tempo. Perhaps you are approaching a certain vocal note, but you decide to push through that part instead of vocalizing it on different syllables.
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Ray Melograne received his
BA and ME in music education from Queens College. He is currently
teaching music in the NY public schools. He also teaches privately on the