“Especially in classical music culture, we’re taught ‘practice all the time, as many hours as possible’. ‘Big blocks of practice, like stay in the practice room for 3 hours or whatever’. ‘Do as much as you possibly can’. And that’s the total opposite of how the brain learns! The brain needs breaks and it needs downtime in order to learn. And we actually learn the most during the breaks, which is like the most counterintuitive thing you’ve ever encountered. But it just works so much better when you take a lot of breaks and you don’t practice so much. Which is the complete opposite of what we’re told.” — Dr. Molly Gebrian Author of “Learn Faster, Perform Better”

from Musical U