Inspired by Emily’s recent Blog entitled “how to get good”, I asked my son “What is the difference between playing and practice”. Why do you like to play, but not practice, and what is the difference between the two? This is his reply
- Playing is new environments or new people
- Playing is what you do in school or class, but being at home is practicing
- Playing is social
- Practice is alone-ness, and it reminds me of homework.
He is currently unable or unwilling to elucidate further.
For me, since I’m not performing yet, there is no practical difference. Playing is practicing, and practicing is playing. However, even I want to get to a point where I am playing for others, and I see practicing as the only way to get there. But it’s not just a means to an end. It’s sort of like practicing in the sense that practicing Yoga is practicing.
But kids don’t see it that way, and I’m eager to learn more about how this process works for them.