Practice Tips

PRACTICE

Daily practice is at the heart of a student’s enjoyment of music lessons. Integrating practice into the day to day life of your family is the key to success. It’s best if practice consists of setting small, achievable goals and working until those goals have been accomplished. For most students, a scheduled practice time is the simplest way to encourage practice. It can also be helpful to find a practice time that is reasonable for the entire family. Times that have worked for many families are: after breakfast, before leaving for school, immediately after school, during dinner preparations, or after dinner. Remember that it’s okay to practice a couple of times a day for short lengths of time; take advantage of the ten or fifteen minute windows that occur in your day. They add up!

Every student has different learning styles & needs. We’re here to discover what works for you & embrace it! In contrast to goal oriented practice, timed practices are another feasible option that has worked for numerous families. They often use a kitchen timer set on or near the piano. The length of practice depends on the age, level & attention span of the student. A good rule of thumb for children is one to three minutes per year of age. A four year old can be expected to practice four to twelve minutes, whereas a fifteen year old can easily be expected to practice for thirty to forty-five minutes. The more you communicate with us the better we can help you find a plan what works for your family.

Be patient. Like any habit, such as brushing teeth or making the bed, it will take time for the habit to be formed and become a natural part of your life. It can take as much as three to twelve months to form the habit of daily practice. Be realistic & flexible, if seven days of practice are strived for five may actually occur. (That’s life! It’s okay! We understand!)

Many people want to know how long it takes to learn how to play the piano. In short, enjoying the piano can happen overnight … being able to read & play songs by sight often requires a few years … becoming fluent may take the better part of a decade … and the joy of mastering the instrument occurs over a lifetime. Most of the students within the studio end up taking lessons for seven to ten years. It’s a hobby they cherish & enjoy. Through it all (the ups & the downs, the times of exuberance, the moments of apathy, the laughter & tears) we become family. We cherish and value each and everyone of our students.