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#2632850 04/14/17 03:56 AM
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I am now doing a music plan, ie practice planing and genre/style planing. It takes some time but is very needed.
How did you do your planning, any tips? and if you went to music school did you need to do a, eg. 3 year plan? My piano teacher said that Berklee didn't really have a plan, ie just practice and that's it.
What did and did not work for you?

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Originally Posted by iamanders

I am now doing a music plan, i.e. practice planing and genre/style planing. It takes some time but is very needed.


I'm not sure what exactly you mean by planning.

I think the genre/style of music that you want to pursue does affect the type of skills you want to focus on and activities you want to engage in. Classical requires strong reading and more memorization. Strong sight reading for impromptu accompaniment. Jazz requires more ear training and improvisation, use of lead sheets. There's still a lot in common between the disciplines! To the extent you know what music you like and what you want to do, it could still give you a list of things you should incorporate into your study.

For practice planning, I think the main thing is to figure out what works specifically for you. Some people regiment their practice strictly; others don't. Some practice in longer sessions; others in shorter sessions. I think the folks who attain any measure of success, however, learn quickly how counterproductive it is to practice wrong notes. The folks who get into Berklee likely already have figured out much of these basics, which is why I suspect Berklee may not provide a lot of guidance there. (It may just be my perception, but music schools seem to have a very much sink-or-swim approach.)


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Originally Posted by iamanders

I am now doing a music plan, i.e. practice planing and genre/style planing. It takes some time but is very needed.

(It may just be my perception, but music schools seem to have a very much sink-or-swim approach.)

sink-or-swim approach refers to?

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Originally Posted by iamanders
sink-or-swim approach refers to?


It is an idiom in English. It is a metaphor comparing the situation to being thrown into deep water. You must either figure out how to swim... or you will sink. It is commonly used to describe when an inexperienced person is thrust into a difficult situation with no help given. They must "sink or swim."


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Hi iamanders, what worked for me was doing exams. Aim for 1 exam a year in the early years, and 1 every 18 months or 2 years in the intermediate/advanced years. It's well worth it.... you'll learn music from each different period, plus sight reading, technical work, aural training.... and you'll have a lot of fun as well :-)


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Hi again iamanders, I just read through your prior posts. You just have to understand that piano is a lifetime obsession. or at the very least it's a lifestyle. You'll never be good enough, there's always be an 8 year old (or even a 5 year old) who can play better than you... once you understand that, and you start to play to be as good as *you* can possibly be, that's when you'll start to love it.


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If you are teaching yourself I would get a good scale/chord/arpeggio etc book. "The Complete Book of Scales, Chords, Arpeggios & Cadences" by Willard Palmer is good as is the FJH Classic Scale Book.
To help you with your planning you can go onto the ABRSM website. They have a syllabus for each level. You don't have to follow it, but it might be helpful to use as a guide. You can also get the ABRSM books for each level on Amazon. They include some of the songs for each level. There are lots of other options like the Alfred books etc. But, this is just an idea that will help give you some structure.
Also, learning anything and everything you can about music theory will also be helpful.
BTW, I take classes at Berklee Extension School (online). They do have about 5 (I think) piano course, but you have to have been playing for at least a year. The courses are very fast paced. But, you can also go online and check out the syllabus and see if any of them are what you're looking for. But, I agree that they will not necessarily give you a plan. But, they will teach you have to play different styles once you get to a certain level.
Btw, I am not sure what level you are so I apologize if you are not a beginner and I am giving you this advice.
Good luck!


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