I have to say that I completely disagree with this commonly used saying! I have yet to meet the perfect musician or hear the perfect performance. At the very best, practice makes progress and worst, incorrect practice just makes problems!
So why does the expression “practice makes perfect” roll so easily off the tongue when it might not be so technically correct? The reason is simple: repetition. We’ve been repeating this saying over and over since the 16th century! That is a lot of repetition!
As discussed in earlier articles, remembering important information is a challenge. Helping our brains and those of our students to retain concepts in our long-term memory requires a lot of deliberate effort. The three main methods that help us achieve long-term memory can be summed up as PRS: Patterns, Repetition and Stimulus.
In this article we will focus on how good quality repetition leads to progress in remembering.
Knocking the Nail on the Head
Practice can be likened to knocking a nail into a piece of wood with a hammer. It takes lots of [···]