- the importance of making sure everything you do in the practice room is connected to what has to happen on stage (i.e. remembering that practice is just a means to an end, not the main goal in and of itself)
- how to take practice home with you – but in a constructive, healthy, and non-crazymaking way
- why tomorrow’s practice actually starts as soon as today’s practice ends
- why you may need to create or invent customized drills and exercises instead of relying on existing etudes and exercises
- how to make sure you don’t “waste” your best playing in the warmup room
- a critical part of each competition that can easily be overlooked in preparation, but also needs attention (i.e. all the downtime)
Jeff’s book Applying Educational Psychology in Coaching Athletes covers motivation, theories of learning, how to develop a coaching philosophy, and more. It also has great stories, and I think it’d be a valuable resource for teachers in any performance discipline. Especially if you’re into the idea of cross-training (i.e. applying ideas and concepts from one domain to another). I also have to say that it’s one of those books that just “sparks joy” sitting on your bookshelf. =)
Jeff also mentioned Anders Ericsson’s book The Road to Excellence: The Acquisition of Expert Performance in the Arts and Sciences, Sports, and Games.
Check out The Road to Excellence
I have to admit that I haven’t read The Road to Excellence, but I did read his newest book Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, which I enjoyed very much.
And last, but not least, Angela Duckworth’s Character Lab recently released this free resource for teaching younger students how to engage in more thoughtful, mindful practice:
Expert practice @Character Lab
And just how high is 10 meters anyway?
To get a sense of how high 10 meters is, here’s a 16-minute NY Times video of people going to the edge of the diving platform…and trying to psych themselves up to jump off (fast-forward to 5:55 to get a better sense of the height):
Ten Meter Tower @NYTimes
And while I don’t think this is 10 meters, I figured this would be the perfect moment to include a snippet of the classic Mr. Bean high dive episode too: