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Confessions of a Music Mom

I was having a conversation with my husband about the power of repetition. I don't know if you've been guilty, like I have, of not wanting to revisit a concept after already being introduced to it. However, the truth of the matter is that repetition helps us in our learning process. It's hard to imagine a basketball player going to practice and sitting on the bench because they didn't want to do the same drill they did yesterday for practice. There is power in repetition because in learning music, or any area, it helps concepts settle within us.

When I was in college, I noticed that I retained information that I repeatedly engaged myself in over a long period of time, versus cramming for an exam because I quickly forgot the information once I took it.  I was also a member of the Claflin University Jazz Band. Our instructor, Mr. McMillian, is a phenomenal teacher and musician. We would always warm up with our scales repeatedly at every practice. I may not have fully understood back then, what I now call the Mr. Miagi effect, but I can now look at it and see just how beneficial repeating those scales and songs over and over and over and well, over again was. We were one of the most popular bands in our area, and for me, repetition was very beneficial in my college success both with music and education.

Many times in music concepts build upon one another, so truly allowing what a student is learning to sink in is very important. So, I encourage each of our students to make sure you have a daily practice routine because it is better to spread out your practice over the span of a week in short moments of time, than wait until the last minute to try and complete your home assignments. Remember that going over the information, a song, or a musical concept repetitively will benefit your musical growth in the long run.

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