The Difference between Lessons and Practice

Sometimes it seems that there is some confusion about the differences between weekly lessons and practice, so I wanted to address that briefly just so people understand. I think the confusion stems from the idea of “practice” in sports, where you go to practice every other day, if not every day. In sports, practice is where improvements are made, and for that to happen an entire team needs to assemble. In piano, practice is also where improvements are made, and it also happens every day (or should). The difference is that piano practice is done at home. The actual weekly lessons should NOT be where practice happens, but rather where mistakes are corrected, technique is improved, and new material is learned. 

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