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Now I Love Music Practice
A review published in STRETTO  Stretto is ANZCA,s magazine (Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts)
Now I Love Music Practice is a motivational book by New Zealand teacher Ron Ottley. It aims to “inspire pupils to want to practice, motivate them to take responsibility for themselves and encourage them to persevere.” Although written for children of late-primary school age and above, both the writing style and content are equally suitable for older students, or indeed, with the help of a parent or teacher, for younger ones. The book begins with a useful chapter “For Parents”, which outlines both the advantages of learning music, and why so many students give up. Following  this, the early chapters present, through a number of analogous stories, one of the main themes of the book: the “Tipping Point”. The author explains that music practice, like many other things in life, is difficult to begin with, but becomes easier the more it is done. Regular practice will take you over the “tipping point”  where the activity itself becomes an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Throughout the book the need for, and importance of, regular practice is emphasised and illustrated. There is often an undertone of “tough love”: the author makes it clear that to learn an instrument, you must practise; practising is your responsibility; learning an instrument takes time, and is often difficult; and so on. Yet the tone of the writing is consistently upbeat and encouraging, emphasising the great benefits and satisfaction that learning music can bring throughout a lifetime. The important points of the book are frequently introduced using Aesop’s fables, which are then related to music within the main text, and emphasised by quotes from famous musicians, artists, scientists and philosophers. This is an excellent book which achieves its aims by neither talking down to nor over the heads of its intended audience. Its practical common-sense ideas are clearly presented, and flow well from one to another to create a positive  and encouraging message. 
Now I Love Music Practice
A review published in STRETTO  Stretto is ANZCA,s magazine (Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts)
Now I Love Music Practice is a motivational book by New Zealand teacher Ron Ottley. It aims to “inspire pupils to want to practice, motivate them to take responsibility for themselves and encourage them to persevere.” Although written for children of late-primary school age and above, both the writing style and content are equally suitable for older students, or indeed, with the help of a parent or teacher, for younger ones. The book begins with a useful chapter “For Parents”, which outlines both the advantages of learning music, and why so many students give up. Following  this, the early chapters present, through a number of analogous stories, one of the main themes of the book: the “Tipping Point”. The author explains that music practice, like many other things in life, is difficult to begin with, but becomes easier the more it is done. Regular practice will take you over the “tipping point”  where the activity itself becomes an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Throughout the book the need for, and importance of, regular practice is emphasised and illustrated. There is often an undertone of “tough love”: the author makes it clear that to learn an instrument, you must practise; practising is your responsibility; learning an instrument takes time, and is often difficult; and so on. Yet the tone of the writing is consistently upbeat and encouraging, emphasising the great benefits and satisfaction that learning music can bring throughout a lifetime. The important points of the book are frequently introduced using Aesop’s fables, which are then related to music within the main text, and emphasised by quotes from famous musicians, artists, scientists and philosophers. This is an excellent book which achieves its aims by neither talking down to nor over the heads of its intended audience. Its practical common-sense ideas are clearly presented, and flow well from one to another to create a positive  and encouraging message. 
Now I Love Music Practice
A review published in STRETTO  Stretto is ANZCA,s magazine (Australian and New Zealand Cultural Arts)
Now I Love Music Practice is a motivational book by New Zealand teacher Ron Ottley. It aims to “inspire pupils to want to practice, motivate them to take responsibility for themselves and encourage them to persevere.” Although written for children of late- primary school age and above, both the writing style and content are equally suitable for older students, or indeed, with the help of a parent or teacher, for younger ones. The book begins with a useful chapter “For Parents”, which outlines both the advantages of learning music, and why so many students give up. Following  this, the early chapters present, through a number of analogous stories, one of the main themes of the book: the “Tipping Point”. The author explains that music practice, like many other things in life, is difficult to begin with, but becomes easier the more it is done. Regular practice will take you over the “tipping point”  where the activity itself becomes an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Throughout the book the need for, and importance of, regular practice is emphasised and illustrated. There is often an undertone of “tough love”: the author makes it clear that to learn an instrument, you must practise; practising is your responsibility; learning an instrument takes time, and is often difficult; and so on. Yet the tone of the writing is consistently upbeat and encouraging, emphasising the great benefits and satisfaction that learning music can bring throughout a lifetime. The important points of the book are frequently introduced using Aesop’s fables, which are then related to music within the main text, and emphasised by quotes from famous musicians, artists, scientists and philosophers. This is an excellent book which achieves its aims by neither talking down to nor over the heads of its intended audience. Its practical common-sense ideas are clearly presented, and flow well from one to another to create a positive  and encouraging message.