Learning to practice effectively is an art. Supporting a young musician can be equally challenging. Here are a few tips for students to practice efficiently and positively:
Tips for parents assisting or observing a practice session:
Is your student stumped because they cannot fill a practice session? Has your student lately been struggling with some aspect of their lesson? Is work not being completed as assigned?
There may be a simple reason for these issues--time management. Depending on age and musical maturity, practice schedules will vary from student to student. Most often, the following timeline will apply:
How much time a student spends on each section will depend on how long of a practice session the teacher has suggested. For example, a 30-minute session would break down to 3-5 minutes for warm-up, 5-10 minutes on exercises, 5-10 minutes on pieces, and the remaining time (5+ minutes) on theory. The teacher should suggest a breakdown that best suits the needs of the student at their current ability and attention span.