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About Tom Heany
FIRST, LEARN TO PRACTICE is about how to practice a musical instrument - any musical instrument. It's suitable for all musicians - professional, amateur, student or beginner. Whether you play in a concert hall or your own basement, FIRST, LEARN TO PRACTICE can show you how to get the most pleasure, and the most progress, out of your practice time.
"Tom Heany has developed an approach to mastering a musical instrument that is both simple and effective. FIRST, LEARN TO PRACTICE is a must for anyone who is serious about learning to play." - David Smolover, Founder of National Guitar Workshop and WorkshopLive
"...how many "students" really know how to practice in the first place? The answers can be found in Tom Heany's new book FIRST, LEARN TO PRACTICE... This very basic text is a must have for all music makers who want to build their mental and physical attitudes toward great practice sessions." - Dr. Willie Hill, Director of the Fine Arts Center, the University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Tom Heany has been involved with music his whole life, as a student, a teacher, a guitarist, a writer and a practicer. He is the author of FIRST, LEARN TO PRACTICE and PRACTICING FOR PARENTS.
For 16 years he was the Director of Programming for the National Music Foundation, where he developed the American Music Education Initiative. As a contributing editor for the National Guitar Workshop, he wrote about musical subjects ranging from the Grammy Awards to Tuvan throat-singing. For WorkshopLive, NGW's online learning platform, he interviewed guitar, bass and piano teachers about their views on practicing, performing and playing. Tom has created content for online courses in guitar instruction, folk music, bluegrass and country music, and advised the Boy Scouts of America on the requirements for the Music Merit Badge.
Tom's CD, RESERVOIR, was released in April of 2018.