One of my students, Harrison, arrived for his lesson last week and confessed he had not had much time to practise. He told me he had "loads of homework!" and extra-curricular activities every day after school, apart from Thursday, the day of his piano lesson ("this is my only day off!" he sighed). In addition… Continue reading Less is More
Encouraging piano students to practice can be the bane of the piano teacher's life and teachers regular seek new ways to encourage students to practice creatively, thoughtfully and intelligently. The practice notebook is usually the means by which the teacher records what he or she would like student to focus on in the intervening days… Continue reading A new kind of practice notebook
See this table of practice times: 1 60-minute Practice per Week = 2 Months Progress in 12 Months 1 30-minute Practice per Day = 6 Months Progress in 12 Months 1 45-minute Practice per Day = 12 Months Progress in 12 Months 1 60-minute Practice per Day = 15 Months Progress in 12 Months 1… Continue reading Are you practising enough?
Saturday nights are all about the X-Factor, aren't they? The tv talent show which, after weeks of auditions, boot camps and live performances is now reaching its finale. I expect you know the format: each singer receives comments (often harsh) from four “celebrity” judges, who then vote the act in or out. Usually, it's pretty… Continue reading Putting the X-Factor into practising
"Practice only on the days you eat" (Dr Suzuki) I've adapted this text from an American website which is encouraging students to do a '100 Days of Practice challenge'. Playing the piano requires development of muscular coordination and mental concentration, skills that are best acquired by consistent and careful daily practice. Designated practice time each… Continue reading Practising isn’t just about playing…..
2 hours? 4 hours? 8 hours? 12 hours? How much is enough? Is there such a thing as practicing too much? Is there an optimal number of hours that one should practice? Here's an excellent article from The Bulletproof Musician blog, which dispels some myths about practising and offers practical guidance on 'deliberate' practice. Read… Continue reading How many hours a day should you practice?
My students are very familiar with this chart, which sits on the chest of drawers next to the piano. A colleague of mine has it pinned on the door of her piano room, and I should think innumerable other music teachers and students have it somewhere to remind and inspire. Remember - regular practice WORKS!… Continue reading Should you be practising right now?