By Sara Anderholm & Hallie Chiu
Making progress as a musician requires practice, but not all practice produces the desired results. The time of day, where you choose to practice, and dedication are all ways you can encourage better results in their practice time.
Time of Day
1. A student makes the most progress when they are well rested, alert, and free from distractions. For some, this may be in the morning before school, just before dinner, or after a nap. Choosing the right time of day and committing to that time slot for daily practice is a guaranteed method of encouraging progress.
2. The location where practice takes place has a direct impact on students’ productivity. Generally speaking, students are more likely to practice if their instrument is in a location they enjoy, such as the living room or bedroom as opposed to a garage or basement. If practice takes place in a shared open space, such as near a TV, minimize distractions to the best of your ability during practice time.
3. The study of music requires as much dedication as the study of any other core subject in school, such as math or science. Students that invest time daily into their study of music experience rapid and satisfying progress. Before your child enrolls in a music study program of any kind, consider whether your child’s schedule allows him or her to devote at least 30 minutes a day to practicing and playing. The mastery of music requires important life skills such as discipline and dedication, but results in a talent that will enrich their lives and the lives of others for decades to come.