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On occasion, I’ll eavesdrop on my daughter as she does her daily piano practice. And I've noticed that one of her recurring practice habits is the tendency to repeat a tricky passage only as many times as it takes to get it right just once.
Sometimes I’ll poke my head out into the hall and ask her to try it again. To see if she really did fix the problem, or just got lucky.
And sometimes she'll give it another go - but usually she just…
by Noa Kageyama, Ph.D.