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Practice & Passion 

        I always encourage my students to practice 30 minutes / day. If a day of practice is missed, 60 minutes should be done the following day. I started teaching in 1987. Over the years, I have come to the conclusion that students must be self taught . This may be strange to hear from a music teacher, but students must see their teacher as a guide. Some kids who don't take music lessons excel beyond kids who have been taking lessons for years. Passion is the reason.  Beethoven said , "to play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable." Some kids struggle, while others seem to have natural ability. This gift is from God. In both cases, practice is required to develop what has been preordained.

        In the 80's, when I got home from school I was excited to sit behind my drums to learn the next 8 measures of Xanadu and other songs by the band Rush. I would look forward to this. My parents didn't drag me kicking and screaming to play the drums.  When there is passion for music there is no longer a 30 minute practice limit. That is irrelevant. You will sit for hours and it will feel like minutes. Likewise, without passion, you will sit for minutes and it will feel like hours. Without passion, this tedious task of practicing will make you miserable. 

        Teachers will help you develop good technique and reading skills. You will learn to listen and study passages of music, understanding the theory behind it. You will be prepared to perform in shows and encouraged to pursue other opportunities. There will be enjoyment and frustration. Teachers provide criticism as well as encouragement. You will build confidence and overcome anxiety. Playing with other musicians is one of the best ways to become a better musician.  Many of my students have become teachers and performers.. This could be the beginning of an exciting musical journey for you. 

Michael Hoover

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