INTRODUCTION

" I fear not the man that has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick, 10,000 times."

                • Bruce Lee - iconic actor, director, and martial-arts expert

"You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise."

              • Michael Jordan - 6 - time NBA Champion (was cut from his high school basketball team)

"Work so hard that one day your signature will be called an autograph."

            • Derek Jeter - 5 - time MLB World Series Champion

"If you aren't serious about practice, you aren't serious about being your best."

                  • Russell Wilson - NFL quarterback and Super Bowl Champion

INTRODUCTION

What do all of these quotes have in common?

What is practice?

How do we practice?

How can practice help us to achieve our goals?

You may have an idea of practice already as you might be a member of a sports team or are involved in another activity that has required you to practice. Practice can be either accomplished as a group or as an individual. What is the difference between a group practice for a sports team or a band rehearsal and individual practice? Are there aspects of a group practice that can help with individual practice? As you answer these questions, you may come to realize that you really haven’t thought that deeply about practice other than you know that it can help you improve.

As a new member of a performing arts ensemble, practicing is now going to be a part of your weekly agenda. How can practicing effectively help you improve on your instrument and save you time? What are your practice goals? Where and when are you going to practice? Are there tools and resources available to help you when you practice? Are there any practice strategies available that could help you accomplish your goals faster? How can being more effective at practice help you be successful in other activities that you may be involved in?

The purpose of this WebQuest is to help you answer these questions. Throughout this WebQuest you will learn about the importance of practice, how your brain learns, tools and resources that are available to help make practice easier, practice strategies that can be used to help during practice, and most importantly, how to practice effectively to get the most out of your practice time. The ideas presented in this WebQuest can be applied to many different aspects of your life to help you be as successful as you want to be!

Are you ready to learn more about practice? If so, I hear there might be a missing soloist and they may need your help to find him. Let’s get to it! Click on the Opera House below to learn about your task!

WebQuest created by Chris Grifa - cgrifa@mac.com, www.chrisgrifamusic.com