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Practice tips

Learning to play the piano requires practice. It's the most important thing you can do and it means setting aside time for quality work nearly every day.

The most important element of practice is to set aside a regular, fulfilling, and disciplined practice time. Showing up is half the battle. The one thing that must be in place before anything else is a regular practice schedule.

Here are ideas for students of all ages to fit regular practice times into their schedules.

Students 12 and Under

One of the most valuable things that parents can impart to their children in musical study is a sense of schedule and structure in day-to-day musical life. Too often young students fall by the wayside simply because their parents didn't want to have any kind of engagement in their kids' musical activities.

These are some optimal practice times for a young student's daily routine:

While mixing and matching practice times can work, for younger students it's more effective to stick with one or two regular times of day.

There are two things that can get in the way of regular practice:

  1. The first problem is lack of parental engagement early on. Parents can be a positive model by taking an active interest in their child's musical life. It can be as simple as sitting with them while they are practicing. Practicing can be a lonely endeavour, especially for children who like company. Give them an audience!
  2. The second problem is  overbooking. Music students who are involved in too many extra-curricular activities don't have a chance to develop a process when participating in any activity because they are constantly being shuttled to the next one.

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