Practice Tips

Practice is essential to reap the rewards of musical study. This time and effort can be fun, engaging, as well as productive. Here are a few suggestions for both parents working with young children and adult students.

Simplicity is the final achievement. After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art.
Chopin

Schedule practice

Aim to make practice nonnegotiable. Practice can become just like brushing your teeth: daily structure is really helpful.

Short, daily practice is best

For any beginner, but especially younger children, 15-20 minutes is long enough. Two short sessions are better than a long one.

Vocalize

Verbalizing finger numbers, note names, note values and other elements improves focus and reinforces learning.

Spot practice

Refer to the assignment book for my weekly practice guidance. Work on focus elements and challenging measures before playing the entire piece.

Play a supporting role

Be a support, but not a second teacher. Just sitting by the student during a practice session and appreciating their playing is all they need. Having multiple teachers leads to confusion.

Schedule practice

Aim to make practice nonnegotiable. Practice can become just like brushing your teeth: daily structure is really helpful.

Spot practice

Refer to the assignment book for my weekly practice guidance. Work on focus elements and challenging measures before playing the entire piece.

Short, daily practice is best

For any beginner, but especially younger children, 15-20 minutes is long enough. Two short sessions are better than a long one.

Play a supporting role

Be a support, but not a second teacher. Just sitting by the student during a practice session and appreciating their playing is all they need. Having multiple teachers leads to confusion.

Vocalize

Verbalizing finger numbers, note names, note values and other elements improves focus and reinforces learning.

Quotes Of Great Composers, Pianists & Other People Who Practiced!

john cage pianist composer, quotes pianists

John Cage