A humorous, yet no-nonsense how-to guide, Practicing Sucks, But It Doesn't Have To! offers hundreds of ideas and tips to help beginning to intermediate students, their families, and their instructors approach music lessons and practice with a positive outlook. Teaching students to have realistic expectations and objectives, this book provides tools to help students derive the greatest benefit from practice in the shortest amount of time, including suggestions for how to find a good music teacher, definitions of the difference between practice and playing, and specifics about how to practice, how parents can help, and what should never be done. Sdoia-Satz and Satz have written this book for parents, teachers, and students in a concise, easy-to-read, playful style with tips that cause the reader to say, "Why didn't I think of that?"
Phyllis Sdoia-Satz is Executive Director of Sdoia-Satz Music Institute (The Husky Gang School) in Miami as well as a professional pianist, educator, author, and composer. Barry Satz is the Administrator for the Sdoia-Satz Music Institute.
Chapter 1 Prologo: Practicing Sucks, But It's Necessary Chapter 2 Lento: What You Don't Know Can Hurt You Chapter 3 Misterioso: Finding a Good Music Instructor Chapter 4 Allegro Assai: Four Wheels and an Engine Chapter 5 Allegretto: Starting Out on the Right Food (or Hand) Chapter 6 Delicatissimo: Little Things that Make a Big Difference Chapter 7 Poco Agitato: Things You Should Never Do Chapter 8 Istesso Tempo: What to Think about First Chapter 9 Risoluto: To Count or Not to Count, 'Tis Not a Question Chapter 10 Toccata: Learned Automatic Motion (LAM) Chapter 11 Ritorno Vincitor: Victory over the Memory Monster Chapter 12 Con Moto: Let's Get on with It Chapter 13 Gradus Ad Parnassum: Seven Days to Success Chapter 14 Al Perfezione: Scales, Arpeggios, and Chords Chapter 15 Molto Appassionata: Don't Shoot the Piano Player Chapter 16 Cantanda e Espressivo: The Sweetest Song Chapter 17 Mente Sana in Corpo Sano: Music Instruction as an Aid in Physical and Emotional Therapy Chapter 18 Epilogo: Wrap-Up