Three Strategies for Effective Piano Practice
Short, focused, and regular visits to the piano help your child retain and understand what they are learning, while making the most of their short attention spans.
Setting a regular time of day when piano practice happens “no matter what” will
ensure daily practice routines are easy for your child to maintain. For busy families, I suggest establishing a morning practice routine.
Friendly Practice Environments
Placing your piano in an easy-to-access location increases the likelihood that
your child will practice more frequently as they go about their days.
Find a balance between shoving the piano in the basement vs. putting the piano in the center of your most-used room. Your piano should be located in a comfortable area, close to where the family is, but away from major distractions.
Your child does not want to be isolated during practice time but they also do not want to compete with your range hood and washing machine.
Up until the age of 11, your child will need hands-on help with home practice. Even though you may not read music or play the piano, your assistance is still very much needed!
Parental help can take the form of reading lesson notes, organizing practice time, providing encouragement through difficult sections or situations, and seeking out answers for “I’m stuck on this” problems. Your help at home will make a substantial difference in your child’s progress.