Now I Love

Music Practice

Author: Ron Ottley

This book is not about how to practice.
It focuses on why practice.

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motivational book for music pupils


This best selling, motivational book for children has been enthusiastically received by music teachers, parents and children. It provides encouragement and support for all music students, especially reluctant students.

Now I Love Music Practice is suitable for students from about 10 years to adult. It is also a great music teacher resource.

— It will encourage, motivate and inspire students to cheerfully persevere with practicing.
— It will help students to see the big picture and appreciate the importance of their music education.
— It will help students understand the processes involved in learning to play an instrument.
— It will encourage students to be satisfied with intrinsic rewards without the need for rewards, bribes etc.
— It will help students develop a good positive attitude to their music.
— It includes many stories and is very easy to read.

Ron and some of his students assemble after entertaining the residents of a retirement village.

What people are saying

I absolutely love Now I Love Music Practice

My masters degree is in music therapy and I am very interested in using stories to reach the subconscious part of our brain that is involved in learning. I plan to share some of these stories with my students and parents at our upcoming recital.

I also like the fact that the authors ideas and teachings don’t involve “gimmicks, games, and extrinsic rewards”. Like him, I subscribe to the belief in self- responsibility and intrinsic motivation

Barb Steenrod

Piano Teacher (Ohio)

Ron GT


I am a piano teacher in Dunedin, New Zealand.

I believe that one of the most important functions of a music teacher is to motivate and inspire their students. I strive to get every student to the place where they are enjoying learning music and they are practicing because they want to.

One of the strategies I use to achieve this goal is to tell my students short stories and many of these stories are included in Now I Love Music Practice.

I am not happy until a student has developed a love for music, has an understanding of the learning process and the vital part that practicing plays, and they are succeeding.

One of my favourite quotations comes from Sondra Anice Barnes. I know she wasn’t thinking about music practice when she wrote it, but nevertheless it is very appropriate and entirely true.
“It’s so hard when I have to, and so easy when I want to.”