Saturday, December 3, 2016

We've Moved!!

Dr. Flegg's Structured Practice Method Blog is now at a new location.

Our old posts will still hang out here for you to read, but all new posts will be at our new location.

Click Here to Go to the New Dr. Flegg's Structured Practice Method Blog!

Monday, November 14, 2016

Book Review - Practicing for Artistic Success by Burton Kaplan (Part One)

One day this past summer I was surfing my Facebook feed and saw an intriguing post from Manny Laureano. Manny is the Principal Trumpet with the Minnesota Orchestra, and Co-Artistic Director and Conductor of the Minnesota Youth Symphonies Orchestra. He also was on the faculty of the National Orchestral Institute many years ago when I was a fellow there. He is a musician, music educator, and human for whom I have the utmost respect.

His post on Facebook that morning talked about a workshop he was going to be participating in: A "Practice Marathon Retreat" for brass players, at the Magic Mountain Music Farm in upstate New York. I did some reading about the retreat, Magic Mountain, and the founder and co-presenter of the workshop, Burton Kaplan. I really wanted to attend the retreat in person, but I had a performance booked that week that I absolutely could not back out of, so I did some research and found the next best thing... the book "Practicing for Artistic Success," by Burton Kaplan.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Becoming the Productive College Student

I recently came across a really good blog post on The Productivityist, one of many blogs I follow these days. It's a guest post written by Ryan McRae, titled "Becoming the Productive College Student." It's a pretty quick read, and well worth the time for anyone who's looking to be more productive in their college years (and beyond!). Here's my take on what he has to say:

Monday, October 17, 2016

Four Tips to Avoid Practicing on Auto Pilot

I consider practicing fundamental technique to be a hugely important part of being a musician. As a result, I practice my fundamentals as close to daily as I possibly can. For trumpet, that includes "multi-tonguing," or double and triple tonguing. Multi-tonguing is a skill that you need to practice regularly in order to maintain a high level.

I was recently working on my double tonguing and noticed my sound quality deteriorating in the upper register on certain passages. This is not uncommon, and it's one of the reasons I practice that particular exercise. But what was weird was what I did next: nothing.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Summer Fun

Warm weather has finally arrived here in Michigan! As a freelance musician and adjunct college music instructor, much of my work grinds to a halt around this time of year. The orchestras I perform with are off until the Fall, school is out, and for me it's time to dig in and put some quality time in on the Structured Practice Method!

I haven't updated the blog in a couple of months, which in internet time is the equivalent of about 5 years, so I though I should write and let you all know what's happening in the world of SPM.

Sunday, March 6, 2016


This afternoon I've released two great new updates to the Structured Practice Method:
  • Containers/Rotations
  • Streamlined practice options
Details after the break!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Quick Tip - Getting Your Music On Screen in SPM

Many people have asked me if SPM can store pdf files of music and display them while practicing. While the system won't currently store your music for you, you CAN keep your music files on a service like Google Drive and create links to open the music in SPM. Read on for complete instructions...

Monday, February 8, 2016

Great New Statistics Displays!

I'm very excited today to be able to announce another awesome new feature I've recently added to the Structured Practice Method: Improved statistics, with Pie Charts!!

The stats have been online for over a week and are running flawlessly at this point! Details after the break:

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

New Feature: Lesson Assignments!

Old School Lesson Notes
This morning I am thrilled to announce that the Structured Practice Method now has the ability to manage and display lesson assignments! Combined with SPM's practice structuring and statistical analysis capabilities, this could be a real game changer for any applied music studio!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Video Tip - Multitasking with SPM on a Mobile Device

I'm often asked if it's possible to switch to a metronome, tuner, or other app and back to SPM on a mobile device without losing your elapsed practice time. The answer is absolutely! I do it all the time in my own practice! In this video, I show you how it's done.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Many thanks to all our customers and friends for making 2015, our first year, amazing!! Here's hoping your 2016 is filled with love and happiness... and great practicing!!

To help start you off right, here are a few words of wisdom about practicing from violinist Itzhak Perlman...