TEN Practice Tips
for Making your Practice Time
1) Practice a little EVERY day; this is far more beneficial than one or two long practice sessions a week.
2) Have a certain time each day that is set aside specifically for your practice. It will then become part of your daily routine.
3) Split your daily practice into even smaller time chunks i.e. technical work in the morning and pieces in the afternoon/evening.
4) Learn each piece a phrase at a time. Practice each phrase SLOWLY until you have it and then go to the next phrase.
5) Starting at the beginning of the piece and playing through to the end each time you practice is not an effective use of your time! You are merely practicing mistakes!
6) Don’t practice mistakes or you will become very good at playing them!
7) Sometimes start in the middle of your piece and work to the end.
8) Regularly record yourself and listen carefully to it.
9) Practice the hard bits – not just the bits you like.
10) Listen to your pieces being played by the great players.
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This one page Practice Register is what I use to help keep track of the time my students spend practicing each week. It also helps to make the student more accountable.
I fill in the ‘week beginning’ date and place a copy in the front of the student’s music folder! They fill in the minutes spent practicing each day. If you’d like a copy for your students.
CLICK on the red button below for your free copy!
**Editable** Practice Calendar – updated for 2017 – 2018
♦ January 2017 to June 2018.
♦ There is one page for each month.
♦ Contains an area for the teacher to write in the goals for the month.
♦ The student records what they have practiced and how long they have practiced, each day.
♦ Print off one month at a time to paste into student music books or create a Music Practice Calendar for each of your students!