Front to Back


In the last two piano sessions, I simply worked on Mozart piano sonata as a whole. There were lots of things to work on! I particularly wanted to work on the evenness of eighth notes in the left hand, adding dimension to the trills before the cadences of sections and capture that Mozart elegance.

It’s time like this when I wonder about my own practice philosophy. Like many students, I often find myself in a loop playing the piece from front to back. This habit seems almost ingrained in me; I do it without thinking.

Front to Back

I wonder, what am I trying to achieve with this? To be honest, I believe that it’s just simply fun to be able to hear the whole piece, even when there are sections that are rocky to get through.

On further thought, I think this feeling is natural. It’s a piece of music I’m interested in and find beautiful, so naturally I would want to listen to the whole thing. Even when aware of effective practice methods, I find myself engaging in block practicing.

I believe that approaching practice without a plan can be very abstract; Where do I start? Where do I end? The beginning and the end of course. Practicing without a plan encourages playing the piece front to back.

Testing out this theory, I am coming up with a plan!

Mozart Sonata Piano Practice Plan

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Goal: to play rhythm evenly to add consistency

Excerpt 2:

Goal: practice fingering to third bar to create small transition into F major.

Excerpt 3:

Goal: smoother and more elegant execution of trill, especially the ending of the trill

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