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)
[Our initial hope was] that CJ would gain an appreciation for, and love of, making music. CJ’s “go to” when stressed, bored, happy, whatever, is to go practice the piano. While she may not be progressing at a “normal” rate, she is moving forward at HER pace. Something we very much appreciate!
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.