Music is a great activity for young people. If you are trying to help a music student or a child of your own learn piano, here are some tips to help you help them get the most out of practice sessions.
Make Practice Time Fun Time
Avoid any negativity around the young pianist at practice time. Negative feelings are something a young player can pick up on and actually make him or her less effective when it comes to practicing scales and new pieces. Negative emotions also make the student less apt to want to continue with studying the piano, so be sure to keep practice time as positive as possible.
Fun practice times should also be short practice times. Stop early, in fact, to allow the child to want more. This way, they will crave that next session and want to do their best.
Watch for obvious signs of boredom, too. If a child’s eyes start to wander or he or she answers a question incorrectly when you know they know the right answer, call it a day. This usually means the young learner has had enough practice for one session.
Schedule Regular Practice Time
A daily routine helps children learn well because of the constant exposure they have to the instrument. Schedule as little as five minutes a day of practice and you will marvel at the results. Students often indulge in long practice sessions, and then, during school breaks they leave the instrument alone.
This is not good. At the very least encourage regular, but short, practice sessions. This will become a habit for the young student and this habit will form the cornerstone of the student’s success. Just five minutes a day and the student will learn and retain so much more material. In addition, he or she will probably practice longer because of how much they enjoy playing the instrument.
The old saying is that practice makes perfect. Your child or student most certainly will achieve greater heights as a pianist with consistent, but short practice sessions than he or she would with intermittent but long sessions.
Find The Best Practice Times
Early in the day is often the best time for a young student to learn how to play an instrument. Children are more alert and able to retain information at an early time of day, so make the most of scheduling practice before school starts if possible.
Children will enjoy that special practice session before heading off for a day at school. Many bands and school orchestras deliberately start practice early in the morning because of this, so schedule a good practice time for your child early in the morning every school day and watch them succeed at their musical endeavours.