I’m sure as teachers we have all come across a student (perhaps many) that has the same mistakes week in, week out, or
seems to have a very slow progress rate. The frustration in this scenario for me is that I know it is not necessarily due to lack of practice, but down to not following clear practice instructions. Good practice techniques seem counter-intuitive. The quickest way to be able to play a whole piece hands together is to play in small sections and also do plenty of hands separate practice. When a student gets home, the desire to play the piece hands together all the way through is so great that any practice strategies are forgotten and a struggle through with plenty of pausing, meticulously slow playing, and unfixed mistakes ensues. I would like to share with you the practice strategies I teach and use myself, and a book that may just help students to have that light-bulb moment that they can only truly discover themselves.
Practice Tips from the start of a new piece (piano):