PRACTICE IS REQUIRED
We want all of our students to enjoy playing the piano and we want every student to learn to play to the best of their ability. But, one does not learn to play the piano by attending a weekly lesson. Daily practice is required to make adequate progress and it should take the same priority as homework and sports.
Shorter, daily practice sessions are more effective than one or two long sessions per week. We recommend doubling the student’s age to determine the number of minutes for daily practice. The most important time for students to practice is right after their weekly lesson, to solidify what they have just learned. Research has shown that retention of new knowledge drops to 60% after just 24 hours. It’s not a good idea to wait until the end of the week, then “cram” practice right before a student’s next lesson!
There is a difference between “playing the piano” and “practicing the piano”. Practicing requires the student to open their assignment binder and read the notes from the previous lesson so the appropriate corrections are made. Like homework, all pieces assigned should be completed – too often students pick their favorite piece and ignore the rest.
It is natural for motivation to fluctuate over the course of lessons, but if a student is not practicing or practice becomes a conflict in the house, parents should contact me. Effective immediately, if a student comes unprepared for two lessons in a row, I will contact parents to discuss the situation. Come January, any student failing to make adequate progress, will forfeit their time slot.
If your child has a learning disability of any kind that we are unaware of, or if there are any other extenuating circumstances, please let me know as we will certainly take that into consideration. 15 minutes of practice is just 1% of your day. It's not a chore, it's a privilege many wish they could experience. Don't waste it!
Because Practice Makes Perfect......