We envision a future in music education that connects trained practice experts with budding students to support parents and teachers between lessons.
Welcome! My name is Mary Price. I am a violin teacher and a “Suzuki parent” to a young budding musician. I grew up in a home with eight siblings who also all took music lessons. Can you imagine nine practice routines?! Nevertheless, my parents persevered. When I became an accomplished player in high school I had the opportunity to be a practice partner to new violin students. Not only did I get to earn a little money for the skill I had built, but I also was able to learn about how to transition from student to teacher. This apprenticeship of sorts was invaluable to my career as I continued on my journey through my graduate degrees and on to becoming a full time music educator and performer. Now I enlist advanced high school students and conservatory students to practice with my own child and my music students. This personal support has been a game changer for me as a musician, music teacher, and parent. I wanted to create a resource that makes this model more accessible for all. I hope you enjoy your experience with Music Practice Pals.
Frequently Asked Questions
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WHAT IS TEACHER ENDORSEMENT?
When a teacher endorses a Practice Pal a link is created to direct students to their teachers’ endorsed Pals. Your teacher knows which Pals are best for your music education.
HOW DO ONLINE SESSIONS WORK?
You and your Practice Pal can meet online wherever it is most convenient – FaceTime, Skype, Facebook Live, Google Hangouts, etc..
WILL PRACTICE PALS TRAVEL TO MY HOME?
Yes. Practice sessions can happen wherever it is convenient for you and your Practice Pal.
HOW IS A PRACTICE PAL DIFFERENT THAN A MUSIC TEACHER?
A teacher is a trained pedagogue who provides curriculum, directs the learning process, organizes recitals, and much more. A Practice Pal helps a music student follow through with the teacher’s assignments. A Practice Pal cannot and should not replace a music teacher.
WHAT IS A PRACTICE PAL?
A Practice Pal is a person who meets with a music student during the week to guide them through their home practice routine.