Practice, Practice, Practice……..
These 3 words are said regularly by tutors and conductors. But what do they mean?
Students need to practice and this needs to be done regularly. Every tutor and conductor will have a slightly different version of how much practice is needed. There are also a number of variables to consider dependent on the individual and family situation.
Here are some guidelines. Remember that ultimately the more practice the student does, the faster they will progress.
I personally recommend that Beginners should practice AT LEAST 3 times per week for AT LEAST 15-20mins each practice.
This does not include your weekly lesson or band rehearsal.
More advanced students should be trying to increase the amount they practice each week.
Practice is about consistency. The same as with any sport or activity that you want to get better at. Whilst any practice is better than no practice, regular practice spread throughout the week is ideal. I believe that 3 x 20mins practices on separate days in the week is better than 1 x 60mins practice on one day.
Consider practicing in the morning before school if this works for your family. Kids are often tired by the end of the day, so an early morning practice session might work for your family.
Parental involvement in your child’s music practice will help them develop and stay focused.
Music should be FUN and NOT a chore! Look for fun ways to engage your child in music.
For beginners who are still learning to read the notes quickly on their music page, we recommend an app called STAFF WARS which is available on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Is your child using a Metronome to help them with their practice? There are lots of great metronome Apps available online or you can buy a metronome from a music shop.