Getting Great Piano Practice Every Day!

Tip #1 For Piano Students - All Levels


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I will try to add to the tips that I gave guitar students in Part One of my article titled, Tips for Achieving Awesome Guitar Practice, without repeating myself, but there will be some unavoidable yet beneficial crossover, so you might want to check out the Guitar Practice Tips, as well.

Of course, it goes without saying, piano and guitar are two completely different instruments, and your approach to practicing each will depend on your teacher, the method book you're using, your skill level, the type of music you want to learn, the amount of time you have to practice and a whole host of other variables.

  • In addition, I have to be careful when giving students, who are not my own private students, advice on how to get quality practice every day. I don't want to step on the toes of another teacher who might have a different approach to practicing than my own.

So, as I sit here writing Part 1 of this multi-part article, I realize that not every student will be searching for ways to improve their own practice sessions.

It's more likely that parents will be reading this article in an effort to get their kids to practice more than the 5 minutes they're currently putting in every other day.

Therefore, the best place to start is at the beginning. I'll assume that your son or daughter has just started piano lessons within the past few weeks, and getting them to sit down and practice every day has been a struggle.

  • It's natural to be concerned, because first, lessons are not cheap, and second, you want your son or daughter to get started on the right foot. 

The question is, are you willing to be the one who is going to remind them to practice every day? And if it's not you, then who will do the daily reminding? 

Because as much as you'd like to believe that your son or daughter has the discipline and the motivation to do this on their own, let me be the one to break the news: They Don't. 

They will need your help!

And if they're 7-years-old or younger, you may have to sit with them while they practice until they develop a solid routine, which is why it's so important to come up with a set schedule and stick with it every day.

Now they may resist, which is normal, but like anything else in life, it will be temporary.

  • It takes an adult roughly 21 to 30 days to develop a new habit. It takes an elementary student about 90 days. Fortunately, you'll be able to gradually loosen the reigns on the sit-ins after the first 3 or 4 weeks.

Of course, you may be really fortunate and have a child that is so excited about learning his or her new instrument that they will practice on their own or with very little prompting.

  • I was a fairly motivated piano student when I was a kid but I still had moments when I needed some prompting from my mom to buckle down and practice.

So, don't be too concerned if your son or daughter goes through this phase at some point. Just remember, it's most likely a temporary situation that will pass.

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