Practice Tips

The excitement of a new adventure is enough to provide an ample supply of positive motivation for the first several weeks of the instrumental music experience. Once the initial enthusiasm wears off, it is important to immediately develop wholesome practice habits and learn these practice tips for music students which will guarantee a successful and personally gratifying process for your child. Parent or guardian support and guidance will be the key factors in establishing the practice schedule insuring the attainment of musical goals.
For our elementary school players, we like to see three or four days per week of home music practice – even if just a few minutes. The first year is “exploratory” and our goal is to instill a love for music. We encourage students to play at home for their parents. Practice is encouraged but not heavily stressed.
For the middle school players, the most effective practice tips for music students is based on a fifteen minute home practice session four to five times per week dedicated to quality practice. It is suggested that the instructor and their young musician mutually agree on a practice time, and a specific set of reasonable goals, both long term and short to be accomplished over the span of taking lessons. A final one or two minute recital at the end of a lesson or practice session is always effective in building performance responsibilities.