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Doniell Cushman loves to use her teaching experiences to inspire ways to improve music, teaching, and learning.
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Written by Doniell Cushman
You need a practice basket. Don't even think about arguing with me about this, you need one.
What the heck is a practice basket? It's a useful resource for any budding musician to keep handy on, or near their instrument and practice space. It will help you (or your student) be most successful in practice at home, or any location.
I suggest going to any dollar store where they will have most everything on this list, but you can of course use things you already have around the house, or purchase the products you already love. How you get these items makes no difference to me, the teacher.
At the end of my most recent recital, Spring of 2017, I had each student build their own practice basket, and explained why they needed the items in it. I loaded up at the dollar store, and only spent about $30 out of pocket for around 20 students. I'd say it was a steal since I didn't have to pay for the recital space!
If you have more than 1 musician in your home, I strongly urge you to have a practice basket for each. Young children will ultimately want to make sure what's theirs is theirs, but we older musicians like to use reliable products and know that brand we love is always in there.
There are of course many ways to create a practice basket, so I'd love to hear what you put, or have in yours! Take a photo too, I'd love to see it.