Deliberate (music) practice is the road to excellence – but not without a teacher
 by Hans-Peter Becker  July 3, 2016

“You wish to climb a mountain. You’re not sure how high you want to go — that peak looks an awfully long way off — but you know you want to get higher than you currently are. You could simply take off on whichever path looks promising and hope for the best, but you’re probably not going to get very far. Or you could rely on a guide who has been to the peak and knows the best way there. That will guarantee that no matter how high you decide to climb, you are doing it in the most efficient, effective way. The best way is deliberate practice…”

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Make your music practice a habit – not a chore
 by Hans-Peter Becker  June 13, 2016

The amount of practice time we typically recommend to our students is based on their age, goals and skill levels. Daily music practice isn’t for everybody. In fact, it’s not even necessary: we watch our students make progress and have fun all the time – without having to practice a lot at home. But, there’s one added benefit to doing anything on a daily basis – music practice included.

We asked Sebastian, Modern Music School’s Education Director, to explain.

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6 tips to stop procrastinating on your dreams
 by Hans-Peter Becker  May 13, 2016
overcoming procrastination

It’s probably safe to say: we ALL struggle with procrastination in some area of our lives. We know what we have to do – which task we need to complete – but we put it off, choosing more appealing ways to spend our time instead. Sadly, our digital life makes procrastinating easier than ever.

Who hasn’t fallen down an internet rabbit hole, with link after link providing ear-and-eye-catching distractions 24/7.

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What’s it actually like to be a baby?
 by Hans-Peter Becker  April 14, 2016

If you ask Alison Gopnik what it’s like being a baby, she’d say it’s like “falling in love in Paris for the first time after you've had 3 double espressos."

I think you get it – being a baby is exciting! For babies the world is vivid and fresh, and it merits their attention at all times - something we adults might only now experience when we travel, are in love or have had too much caffeine.

Modern research shows babies and children are far more conscious than psychologists and philosophers give them credit for - perhaps even more conscious than adults.

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Singing, the magic pill?
 by Hans-Peter Becker  March 17, 2016

I’ve heard all great musicians have one thing in common – each and every one had a childhood full of singing. Having met quite a number of musicians in my life so far, I can attest to it being mostly true.

But what I can’t help but notice is - outside the odd shower rendition of Frozen’s ‘Let It Go’ - families don’t sing much anymore. We still admire the people who do though! We celebrate our pop stars and tune into their music all day long. But when it comes to belting our own tune, we’re unlikely to sing a single note.

And yet singing’s a basic human need. In fact, I’m pretty sure that even singing’s heaviest critics happily warble away when no one’s listening.

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