Without regular practice students forget what they've learned from one lesson to the next and have to re-learn material over and over again which is no fun at all. With regular practice students build upon their knowledge and skills every week which is very gratifying and super fun!
The Joy of Practicing:
Music students' enjoyment is directly related to their progress. I strive to motivate and inspire my students through their love of music, but a small amount of discipline is necessary to turn motivation and inspiration into music. My goal is to get all my students to realize their potential as musicians and have a blast in the process! I’ve created a list of tips on how to structure music practicing in your home to increase your children’s enjoyment and progress.
Establishing a routine is hands down the easiest and most effective way to practice consistently. Establishing a routine can be hard at first, but once practicing is a part of student’s daily routine, that student will never have to “find time” to practice. It’s already there!
The secret to making a successful habit is to make it fun to repeat. Short-term and Long-term reward systems can be a great asset to creating a successful music practicing habit. Fun and exciting rewards for students are limitless!
Like your children’s teachers at school, I’m providing a valuable education that will enrich your children’s lives in many ways. You can encourage your children to see practicing their instrument as “music homework.” Including “music homework” into your children’s daily school homework is very effective.
Set a Timer
Setting a timer for an appropriate amount of practice time 5 days a week is extremely effective! I particularly like this method for intermediate and advanced students.
Piano Recommended Practice Time
Primer Level 15 minutes 5 days a week
Level 1 20 minutes 5 days a week
Level 2A 20 minutes 5 days a week
Level 2B 25 minutes 5 days a week
Level 3+ 30 + minutes 5 days a week
Recorder Recommended Practice Time
1st Year 15-20 minutes 5 days a week
2nd Year 20-25 minutes 5 days a week
3rd Year + 30+ minutes 5 days a week