Parents, Don’t Let Your Kid Skip Practice

Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Vince Lombardi

If you want to improve on your instrument, practicing is  90% of the process. So here are 10 music practice tips to make the most out of your practice time.

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1. Set goals for your practice time

One of the least effective things you can do is go into your practice room and just sit down and start playing. In order to make the most of your time, you need to make a plan as to what it is that you need to and want to accomplish in that time.

2. Keep a practice log

I give my students an assignment sheet that has a practice log on it. When they bring it back at the next lesson, I can see how much time was spent practicing.

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3. Break up your practice time into smaller increments

If 30 minutes is too long, then break it up into 15 minute increments.

4. Remember that practicing is NOT just about playing through your music

Yes, certainly there will be times when you are preparing for a performance and you need to play through your entire piece to check memorization and gain stamina. You need to perfect small sections of your piece and then string a few small sections together to make a longer section.

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5. Repetition is key

My magic number is 5. Play each piece 5 times before moving on to the next assignment.

6. Make sure your practice room is set up for effective practicing

You want your practice room to be free of distractions and set up with the tools you need to practice efficiently. Make sure it is quiet (without tv, computers, ipods) and at a comfortable temperature. Make sure the room has enough light. Turn off your phone so you are not tempted to check your messages and get calls. Make sure you have a metronome, pencils, a tuner (if you need one), a mirror, your music and technique books, your practice log, some water and any instrument specific accessories.

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7. Practice something EVERY DAY

It is better to practice 20 minutes every day that 2 hours on only one day of the week.

For more practice tips: musiclessonresource.com

Question: What is holding the student in your home back from practicing effectively? Please leave your comment below.

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