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Studio Teachers Meeting, November 2010

“Infusing Your Students With Cheerful Relentlessness” was presented by Emily Wright to an enthusiastic group of ten ASTA MD/DC studio teachers on November 8, 2010, at the home of Dorée Huneven. Ms. Wright described how 90% of her current cello lessons are spent teaching her students how to practice, using the physical and mental approaches described in Daniel Coyle’s book “The Talent Code.”

Because of her own experiences as a “bad practicer,” suffering even to the extent of having surgery, she explained to us how she has turned all that adversity into boons for her teaching, using Mr. Coyle’s ideas. The “cheerful relentlessness” comes from creating problems/adversity in the material to be practiced and using a great number of repetitions to master it. This is combined with clear physical directions that aim for zero tension and anxiety in practice and performance. All of this leads to the building of myelin on the neurons of the brain, which in turn leads to deep learning.

This simple summary cannot do justice to the detail of Emily’s talk, so it is suggested to all interested ASTA members that they visit The Stark Raving Cello Blog. Also, please read “The Talent Code.”

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