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Summer NAMM Show Presentation

ThorntonClineGuest Post: Thornton Cline, author of Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type? and the soon-to be released 60 minute DVD video, Practice Personalities published by Centerstream Publishing distributed by Hal Leonard Publications.


Music Industry Day presentation of Practice Personalities: Effective and Efficient Ways To Practice According To Your Personality at the Summer NAMM Show on Saturday, July 13 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. to be held in the NAMM Idea Center (booth #1254) in the new Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Are you getting the most out of your practice time as a musician? Did you know that your personality can affect the way you practice? In this session, nine practice personalities will be revealed, based on observations and interviews with over 1,000 music students and 25 years of teaching experience. Join Thornton Cline and a panel of distinguished music educators and students for an interactive and fascinating session.

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Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type?

Teaching is one of the greatest responsibilities in society. It’s an art form that requires craft, patience, creativity, and intelligence. Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type? will help teachers, parents and students realize the challenges of practicing, understand the benefits of correct practicing, identify and understand nine practice personality types, and employ useful strategies to effectively motivate and inspire each type of student. The accompanying CD demonstrates effective practice strategies for selected piano, violin and guitar excerpts from the book.

Check out the Centerstream Catalog here.

This DVD is based on an intriguing premise that each student has a particular “practice personality” and is motivated to practice in different ways depending on their individual disposition.  It’s format may appeal to independent teachers who are looking for an informal, straightforward book with simple tips and practical strategies…   American Music Teacher

 It is not very often that you find a book such as this, that helps an upcoming musician refine their practice techniques.  As a musician and teacher I have been searching for something that helps students and myself get the most out of practice time.  The answer to our prayers is here in Thornton Cline’s Practice Personalities: What’s Your Type?   Dr. Cline has gone through and identified nine different personality types, and helped students and teachers figure out which personality type they have, and how to apply it to their practice.  Since reading this book, I have had a better understanding of how to help my students get the most out of practicing, and help them grow as better and stronger musicians!  This is simply a must have for any musician!   Emily Mabe-Strings Teacher-Sam Ash Music, Raleigh, N. C.

David Craig Celebration, a live event audio recording

 Onstage and Backstage podcast from Hal Leonard is available on iTunes and Libsyn. Each episode authors and their guests have a chat about the topics of their books. Today, we have a special treat for you because we recorded the live event of many successful actors and former students of the legendary drama teacher David Craig together at Drama Books Shop in 2012, remembering their teacher and the things he taught them. These guests include Lucie Arnaz, Tony Roberts, Larry Moss, Sara Louise Lazarus, Linda Glick, Penny Fuller, Sidney J. Burgoyne, David Finkle, and Pamela Shaw.


David Craig’s nine-hour video series on musical performance covers all of the techniques and exercises, as well as Craig’s legendary performance philosophy, which has instructed and inspired singers, actors, and dancers for more than 50 years. Craig breaks down the act of singing onstage into specific, approachable components and takes the viewer step by step through the process, from how to analyze lyrics and stand on the stage for an audition, to signaling the accompanist and making lyrics come to life. Available as a complete set or individually, each 90-minute DVD includes a study guide.