The Practice Revolution

practicerevolutioncoverInside the Practice Room: What works, what doesn’t, what really happens, and how to fix it.

Instead of the traditional obsession with how much practice students do, The Practice Revolution looks at how students practice in the first place. With over 320 pages of what works, what doesn’t and why, it’s the most ambitious, comprehensive and approachable guide to practicing ever undertaken, aiming to turn professional music teachers into nothing short of practice experts……so they can help their students become practice experts too.

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“…this book is perhaps in the top 1% of all the things I have ever recommended. Every sentence is new and important and this goes on for 321 pages…if teachers were to absorb the content there would, indeed, be a revolution in teaching and learning. Buy the book!”

Canadian Music Educator’s Association journal

“…idea studded book on the whole practice process…when the student leaves, it should be with the practice skills to work alone. Johnston has generously outlined hundreds of ways to do that.”

California Music Teacher Journal

“..a great success…a valuable resource for studio teachers in its wealth of strategy and stimulus to creativity.”

American Music Teacher Journal

“…first rate. After reading only half the book, I believe it had a positive impact on my teaching…Consider buying both the book and stock in the company!”

Horn Call – journal of the International French Horn Society

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