Tips to Develop a Good Practice Routine

with Vandoren Artist-Clinician Betty Bley

Date Posted: December 02, 2023

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In this instructional video, Vandoren Artist-Clinician Betty Bley provides tips on how to practice your instrument efficiently and effectively.

0:25 Importance of Consistent Practice
1:42 Creating a Daily Routine
2:45 How to Plan for Practice
4:28 Be Mindful During Practice
5:34 Tools for Productive Practice
7:48 Techniques for Efficiency

More about Betty

Betty Bley, a Vandoren Regional Artist, is a clarinetist with The Pro Arté Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington, The Loudoun Symphony, and The Virginia Grand Military Band. She maintains a large private studio and works throughout Northern Virginia as an adjudicator, clinician, master class instructor, clarinet sectional coach, and freelance musician.

Ms. Bley’s students are routinely selected as principal players in local youth orchestras, youth wind programs, All-District Bands, Senior Regional Orchestras, and the Virginia All-State Band on all types of clarinet. Ms. Bley is the editor of clarinet music for the Virginia Band & Orchestra Directors Association, grading and maintaining a database of over 4,000 solo and ensemble works for clarinet. For four weeks each summer, she teaches clarinet technique to 125 beginning through high school clarinet students at the Vienna Band Camp.

Ms. Bley’s teachers include Patti Carlson, Paul Cigan, Barbara Duman, Sidney Forrest, William Wright and Garrick Zoeter. She holds a MMA in Clarinet Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory, a BA in Music and a BS in Psychology from the College of William & Mary, attended the University of Michigan School of Music at Interlochen, and holds a MS in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University.

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