10 Tips To Make Practice Easy, Effective and Fun!

10-tips to make practice easy

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Great ideas for music teachers, parents and students to make practice easy, effective and fun!

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How to make music practice effective – it can change your life

For Music Teachers and Parents, the Game of Practice is a guide with advice and 53 specific tips to make practicing a musical instrument fun.

Men Wearing Makeup Playing Loud Guitars

When I was 12, I discovered something so fantastic, larger-than-life, and electrifying!

It was the rock band KISS.

It was colorful, loud, and crazy. But maybe even more, my parents hated it! All of a sudden, everything else faded away and I wanted to be one of these super-hero-like rock stars, slinging a guitar down at my knees with long hair blowing in the wind.

But I was an awkward, geeky, and lonely kid with thick glasses. And it was too late, wasn’t it? Didn’t anyone who became famous start when they were four years old?

So, I just consumed the music, learning the history of rock from the library books,

My piano students keep quitting

I’ve been talking to a lot of music teachers all over the world.  A common complaint is that there’s “too many distractions” in students lives nowadays.  They blame the Internet, or the video games, or soccer or Instagram or other social media.

In my 8 years of running my kid-focused music studio, I have rarely experienced anyone quitting due to distractions or other things.  Maybe it’s because I interview the parents and make them know what the expectations are.  Maybe because I charge more than a lot of other teachers.

What I think it really is, is having a plan.  Having a clear plan of what to teach each and every child every lesson.

Because I focus on such young children starting at 3 1/2 or 4,

Why Daily Practice For Piano Is So Important And Some Tips

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When learning any new skill or endeavor, creating a rhythm of daily practice is the most important.  Why?  By having the same pattern everyday, you create a habit and that’s hard to break – even when you don’t feel like it.  Think about brushing your teeth.  Because you started this routine every morning since you were little, you now have this habit – a good one – that you don’t even have to think about it.  It’s the same with learning piano.

If you just find a time of day when you can practice even just 5 to 10 minutes, then this routine becomes a habit.  My son, who is now 10, started this routine with me when he was 5.  He’s always been an early riser and so mornings are the best for him to practice.  

Top 10 Practice Tips for Young Piano Students

  1. Location! Location! Location!  – put the keyboard or piano in a central part of your home where everyone spends most of their time.  You will be amazed at how your child will want to show you what they’ve learned!  Family concerts and impromptu practice is still practice and time enjoying the instrument.  So many times I’ve seen parents put the keyboard in the basement playroom only to find that practice motivation to be so difficult.  Of course!  It’s like being banished to the practice dungeon where no one else can hear you!
  2. Set Practice Time At the Same Time Everyday – by setting the same time for practice daily, you create a habit and a routine.  It’s like brushing your teeth.