The more days of the week a student practices, the better. They will learn more from doing a little bit every day than from spending hours at their instrument on one or two days. All students should try to play at least five days a week.
Practicing with a purpose is more important than playing for a set length of time. Students need to have goals and objectives of what to complete when they practice. A student should practice until they have completed all the goals the teacher has given. Thus, the length of time a student practices will vary depending on how productive they are whilst at their instrument.
I will help with this by sending the student home with tasks to aid them (such as clapping, playing playing scales with different articulations, doing practice performances, etc). Please communicate with me about how your child’s practicing is going – it takes all of us to help young musicians grow and learn.
Absolutely! Parents are an important part of successful learning. Parent attendance at lessons is really helpful for beginner students. Students of any age can benefit from help with practicing. Attendance at performances, positive feedback, and encouragement will help your child to do their best. Also, it will help their musical studies be more fun and rewarding.
Practicing can be challenging, and your assistance is valuable to the child. Having a parent around can be helpful for many students, as practicing can feel very lonely. You can talk to your student and ask them how their studies are going. Your questions are very helpful, and can it’s great to ask them how their pieces are going, and what goals they have been given for the week.
If you’d like further information about how to help your child, I have a handout with some great tips on how to help them to do their best.
If you are ever have questions, or feel the student may need some new tips, talk to me. I can always give some new tips or games to help with practicing.
For young students who are new to piano, this can be helpful. Coming to your students lessons as they begin their musical studies can help whilst all of us get to know each other. Also, parents who come learn a great deal about what their students have been asked to practice, making it much easier for you to help them over the course of the week.
Often, as students get older, parents’ presence is no longer necessary at lessons, as students should be learning critical thinking and practicing skills to do much of their work on their own (though no one is ever too old to ask for help).
If you’d like to attend one or more lessons, you’re always welcome.