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Reviewed On: 01/19/2013
First, what I appreciated: The quotes from musicians about their actual practicing experiences. Helpful description of quality practice. Realistic encouragement: small children will probably not spontaneously want to practice as much as they need to--leading to the title issue "how to get your child to practice...." ideas for adding outside motivations to the mix. While there were helpful ideas and advice, I had some criticisms: sometimes wordy: For instance, after saying pick teacher who likes working with children and understands how to teach them, it didn't seem necessary to elaborate for three more paragraphs. I would have been happy for the key points to be condensed to a few sentences so I could go on to the next topic. sometimes repetitious: I felt like I was reading the same sentence or the same idea in more than one place in the book sometimes obvious: the writer is an experienced musician, teacher, parent, but many of the experiences were rather universal; at times I found myself thinking, "Doesn't everyone know this?" dated in terms of recent motivational research: written in 1985, it reflects the common sense wisdom of the time. For a deeper, more current look at motivation, I like Daniel Pink's book, "Drive" and the chapter on praise in Bronson and Merryman's book, "Nurture Shock" Overall, I preferred Edmund Sprunger's "Helping Parents Practice."
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