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  • Noa Kageyama

    November 22, 2016 at 11:13 am

    Managing lots of rep can be tough. I’ve heard of a variety of different strategies folks have used for rotating through rep and managing their time. A simple one that a student recently found helpful in prepping for a big audition was to get out a piece (or two or three) of paper, and to create columns – one for each movement or piece. Under each column, write down the major problems or issues that need to be solved based on your most recent run-through of the piece/movement. That serves as a basic guide for where to spend your time, so you don’t fritter away too much time working on things that aren’t priorities. As you fix issues, you can cross them off and add new smaller things to work on. Over time it helps to build confidence too, as you see things getting better and better.

    You can certainly adapt this to fit your needs or tweak it a bit, but some sort of system like this, which encourages you to be specific about what to work on, and forces you to do regular run-throughs can help ensure that your time is being devoted to the most important areas of your program.

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