We're a few weeks into the school year now, and I am starting to settle into my new routine.
This year, I'm accompanying four school choirs and a church choir, playing a service every Sunday, and teaching four afternoons a week. I love the variety this offers and I love being back on the bench (organ and piano!), but it requires something we never seem to have enough time for as professionals - practicing. As a student, I had anywhere from 2-6 hours a day to practice, and though certainly intense, I now recognize that time was a luxury. As professionals, we gig, we teach, we play, we write, we email, we manage, we coordinate, we network. When is there time to practice?
My new schedule for the Fall has pockets of time and I'm learning to be extra productive and efficient with my practicing.
Here are a few things I'm learning: