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Now I Love Music Practice
A review published in THE MUSIC STAND The Music Stand is the journal of the Music Teachers' Association of South Australia
Ron Ottley has put all his many years of experience teaching music into a motivational book for music students and it is also suitable for teachers. His biography lists his background as having two main interests in his life, music and children. He believes in encouraging and motivating the pupil to keep at it, generating enthusiasm for piano practice, and stimulating and fostering a love of music He felt he had made a major breakthrough with his reluctant pupils when he started telling them stories and how this led to them getting the message. This is partly how the book came to fruition. His perspectives on why regular music practice is not only important but also essential are told through plenty of interesting stories and positive advice. The chapter on “Music practice has a tipping point” illustrates the benefits of regular practice and how that keeps us on the ‘right side’, as opposed to the ‘wrong side’ when practice is neglected or seldom done. If one is currently on the ‘wrong side’ he doesn’t miss a beat to explain how to
‘Desire, Understanding, Knowledge’ is particularly helpful and explains the process of successful music making and practice in a clear, easy to grasp manner. Statements such as ‘You can make your dreamscome true’ are a reminder to us all that we should always dare to dream and with hard work, dedication and persistence achieve our goals! If you are looking for a guide on “how to practice" then this book is not for you. The reason being that Ottley focuses on why you should practice as opposed to offering a method of specific techniques. I do feel that many of our students (even the motivated ones!) would find this book an interesting read and at the very least provide them with a fresh understanding of why they should take practice seriously! For teachers this book might prove helpful in shaping some of their less inclined students just through reading some of the stories - such as ‘The caterpillar and the butterfly’ or the ‘Trek to the south pole’. This is only a short book and the chapters are very short too - perhaps a story to read to the student each lesson might be on the musical menu! Happy practising everyone!
Now I Love Music Practice
A review published in THE MUSIC STAND The Music Stand is the journal of the Music Teachers' Association of South Australia
Ron Ottley has put all his many years of experience teaching music into a motivational book for music students and it is also suitable for teachers. His biography lists his background as having two main interests in his life, music and children. He believes in encouraging and motivating the pupil to keep at it, generating enthusiasm for piano practice, and stimulating and fostering a love of music He felt he had made a major breakthrough with his reluctant pupils when he started telling them stories and how this led to them getting the message. This is partly how the book came to fruition. His perspectives on why regular music practice is not only important but also essential are told through plenty of interesting stories and positive advice. The chapter on “Music practice has a tipping point” illustrates the benefits of regular practice and how that keeps us on the ‘right side’, as opposed to the ‘wrong side’ when practice is neglected or seldom done. If one is currently on the ‘wrong side’ he doesn’t miss a beat to explain how to turn this around. Peppered throughout the pages of the book are wonderful quotes, which help to reinforce the message. The chapter on ‘Desire, Understanding, Knowledge’ is particularly helpful and explains the process of successful music making and practice in a clear, easy to grasp manner. Statements such as ‘You can make your dreams come true’ are a reminder to us all that we should always dare to dream and with hard work, dedication and persistence achieve our goals! If you are looking for a guide on “how to practice" then this book is not for you. The reason being that Ottley focuses on why you should practice as opposed to offering a method of specific techniques. I do feel that many of our students (even the motivated ones!) would find this book an interesting read and at the very least provide them with a fresh understanding of why they should take practice seriously! For teachers this book might prove helpful in shaping some of their less inclined students just through reading some of the stories - such as ‘The caterpillar and the butterfly’ or the ‘Trek to the south pole’. This is only a short book and the chapters are very short too - perhaps a story to read to the student each lesson might be on the musical menu!
Now I Love Music Practice
A review published in THE MUSIC STAND The Music Stand is the journal of the Music Teachers' Association of South Australia
Ron Ottley has put all his many years of experience teaching music into a motivational book for music students and it is also suitable for teachers. His biography lists his background as having two main interests in his life, music and children. He believes in encouraging and motivating the pupil to keep at it, generating enthusiasm for piano practice, and stimulating and fostering a love of music He felt he had made a major breakthrough with his reluctant pupils when he started telling them stories and how this led to them getting the message. This is partly how the book came to fruition. His perspectives on why regular music practice is not only important but also essential are told through plenty of interesting stories and positive advice. The chapter on “Music practice has a tipping point” illustrates the benefits of regular practice and how that keeps us on the ‘right side’, as opposed to the ‘wrong side’ when practice is neglected or seldom done. If one is currently on the ‘wrong side’ he doesn’t miss a beat to explain how to turn this around. Peppered throughout the pages of the book are wonderful quotes, which help
the message. The chapter on ‘Desire, Understanding, Knowledge’ is particularly helpful and explains the process of successful music making and practice in a clear, easy to grasp manner. Statements such as ‘You can make your dreamscome true’ are a reminder to us all that we should always dare to dream and with hard work, dedication and persistence achieve our goals! If you are looking for a guide on “how to practice" then this book is not for you. The reason being that Ottley focuses on why you should practice as opposed to offering a method of specific techniques. I do feel that many of our students (even the motivated ones!) would find this book an interesting read and at the very least provide them with a fresh understanding of why they should take practice seriously! For teachers this book might prove helpful in shaping some of their less inclined students just through reading some of the stories - such as ‘The caterpillar and the butterfly’ or the ‘Trek to the south pole’. This is only a short book and the chapters are very short too - perhaps a story to read to the student each lesson might be on the musical menu! Happy practising everyone!