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Practice Makes Perfect

by Michelle Latour



Practice room at Indiana University
Jacobs School of Music
I vividly remember my early practice sessions as a young singer. I started my musical endeavors with flute in fourth grade and piano the following year. I did not discover singing until junior high and never took it seriously until high school. Once I started taking voice lessons, I already possessed strong music skills and was an adept sight-reader. Because of my instrumental background, I learned music quickly, and practicing singing consisted of learning the notes and words. That’s it. Frankly, I had very poor practice habits.

As an undergraduate, the majority of my practice sessions consisted of brief spurts where I easily learned my music and then merely repeated it over and over again until I had it memorized. I had no clue there was more to it than that. Not until graduate school, where I tackled more difficult repertoire, did it begin to dawn on me that perhaps my rehearsal methods were lacking.

“Most of us are not taught how to practice, and so we spend our careers tryin...
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