Unlike other extra-curricular activities, piano practice occurs primarily in between lessons. This is an important consideration in determining whether piano lessons are right for you, your child & your family.
Tips For Successful Practice
There are ways to make regular practice a positive part of each week!
Set a Practice Routine
- Make practice a habit by incorporating it into your daily routine
- We all grumble less when something is just a regular part of the day.
- Link it to an activity that already happens.
- Before school, right after school, following after school snack, before or after dinner, etc.
- Research shows we have more success with forming new habits when they are linked to routines we already have in place.
- Choose a practice time when your child is well rested & is not hungry during practice.
- Budget approximately 15 minutes daily for each 30 minutes of lessons as a minimum. (see below for more details)
Zuzana has taken to piano so smoothly & can recognize notes. She learns fast & enjoys playing. It’s helping her self confidence which is growing with her skills. She’s doing amazing. Family & friends have commented how great she is after only such a short time of lessons. You rock!
What Practice Looks Like
- Make practice about quality, not quantity.
- Focused, intentional practice goes much further than practice focused on just “getting it done”.
- Aim for 15 minutes daily (with that time going up as your child progresses).
- If your child is having a rough day, let them end early. Try again later in the day or add an extra day later in the week. This is not meant to be a daily fight.
- If your child wants to keep playing past the ‘allotted’ time, let them!
- Read the practice page each & every practice session.
- Use the practice strategies listed.
- Make a mini goal to get closer to the weekly goal. (For example, “I will practice the star section 5 times correctly before I play the other parts of the song.”)
- Mark which assignments have been practiced.
- Text or call Ms. Rosemarie if you have a question.
- Encourage your child often, as well as praise their effort & milestones (no matter how small).
- This can not be stressed enough! YOUR encouragement will help your child feel that their efforts are being recognized.
- For younger students, parents must be involved during practice time to help them set good habits.
What is a piano parent’s role?
Learn more about your role in your child’s practice sessions, by clicking the “Role of the Piano Parent” button below.