The Easter holiday is just about over, and then back to teaching on Monday. I have enjoyed perusing the forum this last week, and if this topic has already been covered, please direct me to it. I am curious to hear about those of you who do not habitually practice as hands separate, even when first starting a piece. I have heard of many successful pianists who swear that they practice everything hands together at all times. Hands separate practice is something I was taught as a child, so never questioned, and even continue to do with my own higher-level repertoire that I learn for my own enjoyment. I teach it in my studio, and even request that students be able to play by memory hands separate when preparing for a competition or exam, because for most memory slips due to nervousness, it seems to be the LH that blanks unexpectedly, unless this sort of thorough memory work has been done to enforce it. The problem is, many of my students are now attempting to refuse to do the hands separate practice, and I have even had a few parents of these students remark that they feel the request to work on only ONE hand at a time as part of daily practice is somewhat insulting to intelligence of the student, unless at very beginner level. Before I throw anyone out for being belligerent, I am curious to know if maybe I have missed the boat here, and there truly is evidence of there being little benefit to hands separate practice for many pianists. I'm especially eager to hear opinions of those of you who do not practice hands separate.