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What happens when students practice...

Updated: Oct 24, 2022

Jacqleen Calloway, age 15, studies piano with Richard Berman, and apparently, she LOVES to practice!

When students are in the early stages of learning - just figuring out how to read music, and learning the note and key names, figuring out all the nuts and bolts, so to speak, it can get tedious and many fall into the trap of getting bored or frustrated with #practicing, and some give up before they reach the point where they start enjoying practice. Once a student starts to get some understanding under their belt, however, and the fingers and the brain are working together, the practice is self-rewarding, providing its own incentive. Practice not only really does make perfect, but it also makes playing FUN!

Richard Berman, piano instructor, sitting at piano
Richard Berman, Piano Instructor

According to Richard, "I am constantly amazed at the dedication of students who practice because they love #piano and challenge themselves to be their best self. I am so proud of my 15 year old student Jacqleen who learned the first two pages of Beethoven’s 3rd movement of #MoonlightSonata pretty well just 10 days after we worked on it last lesson. She mastered first and 2nd movements ages ago. This is what is so rewarding about teaching piano. I am beyond honored and filled with joy to be her teacher. She was also accepted on a scholarship to #LACHSA (Los Angeles County High School of the Arts) for next year, for which only 250 students worldwide get accepted per year. Equivalent to High School of the Performing Arts in New York. Yes!! She did this!! I love my job!!"

Congratulations to Jacqleen and to Richard for the accomplishments they have enjoyed making happen together. And here's to all you budding pianists and other musicians out there - keep practicing!

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