Sometimes superheroes get bored with their superpowers, believe it or not. Mission after mission, it seems that each mission starts to look and feel the same. The missions aren’t as fun, exciting, or challenging as they used to be. Maybe some of the missions are actually starting to seem harder, and there’s a feeling that they’re losing their edge.
Do you sometimes feel that way when you’re practicing? Do you feel that each time you practice it is the same and it’s hard to see your progress? Well, we have a great tip to share with you this month to help you get out of a practice rut!
This month’s Power Practice Tip is to use your imagination!! (And no, it doesn’t count if you imagine that you practiced. We want you to imagine what you’re practicing while you’re practicing!!)
Using your imagination is a great way to avoid boredom and lack of motivation where everything seems monotonous. But what are some other benefits to engaging your imagination as you practice for your music lessons? Here are a few ideas from our friends at TeachThought.com that we are super excited to share with you:
Using your imagination allows you to engage thinking and problem-solving skills. If you think about practicing and what it boils down to, you are basically problem-solving most of the time. There is a new skill or piece to be learned or a spot to be worked on that requires problem-solving to master. When practicing starts to look the same, problem-solving doesn’t necessarily happen. Using your imagination can help re-ignite those problem-solving skills. Switch up the order of what you practice. Try practicing at a different time of day. Or maybe find a different place to practice at home.
Using your imagination allows you to enter a happy zone and have fun. Switching things up is always fun! Consider dressing up in your favorite superhero outfit or your favorite outfit in general. Maybe pretend that your difficult practice spot is a villain that you need to conquer! You get the idea. Use that imagination, be creative, and have fun!
Using your imagination helps your ability to focus. You have to maintain your focus to be imaginative. And staying focused means that your mind is less likely to wander and that you are more likely to stay on task. Mindless practice is the worst kind of practice, so anything you can do to inspire focused practice will make your practice more effective. Quality practice always results in faster progress!
Using your imagination encourages you to be a life-long learner. Here at PCS, we want to inspire and equip each and every one of our students to make music for life. In so doing, we develop curiosity, confidence, and a love of learning that nurtures a love of learning – and a love of music! – for the rest of their lives.
So, engage your imagination. Be creative. Don’t let practice become boring or mindless. Always keep wondering and thinking and asking questions. If you do, we promise that it will take your practice and your musical progress to a whole new level!
To read more on the benefits of using your imagination, click here.