Piano Practice: How Much, How Often
Piano lessons are an investment in time and resources and a positive outcome is desired for all. Gayle aims to be the most inspiring piano teacher ever – however that is but one third the equation in this parent, student, and teacher triad.
Parents are the primary inspirational force with positive input, sharing of highs and lows, encouragement, and support.
Gayle teaches practice strategies as you go along for most effective and efficient learning of the material. She constantly assesses you or your child’s attitude toward the work, ability and concentration level, adjusting for individual learning styles.
General suggestions for piano practice: students need to have their hands on the piano keys 5 or 6 days a week – even if they are making up songs or goofing around.
- 5 – 6 years 10 minutes
- 7 – 8 years 15-20 minutes
- 9 – 10 years 25-30 minutes
- 11 and older to be discussed
If a 10-year-old is a beginner it may take a while to have enough material to practice for 30 minutes. When practicing for a recital or an event, these sessions may be extended.
Things that promote successful piano practice sessions
- Locating the piano in the home in a place that draws the child
- Participation of the adult, such as listening and asking questions, helping child complete record keeping, and checking the lesson assignment book
Things that detract from healthy practice
- The child is busy with many activities
- Siblings or friends playing video games or watching a movie in another room
- Power struggles and threats
Contact Gayle today for more information about piano lessons and to get started.