Set up a practice schedule

IMG_1098How can parents avoid a “slave-driving” approach and yet be sure that the student gets to the piano every day? The parent who helps his/her child set up a regular daily time for practice will do much less nagging about it than the one who lets the child go to the piano whenever he/she chooses or whenever there isn’t something else more interesting or important to do. The parent may still need to remind the child that it’s “four o’clock and time for practice,” but it will become less and less of an ordeal as the habit becomes a reality.

   Whenever I have to choose between two evils, I always like the one I haven’t tried before.  –Mae West

Read how to also schedule a specific time for practice; focus first on problem spots and slow down the practice tempo; and speak or sing along with the music to help with timing.