7 Practise Hacks
- Be patient
Music is a language, and we don’t expect children to dive right in when they’re first learning an instrument. It often takes years for students to really connect with their instrument, so patience is important.
- Be interested
Music can be a solitary pursuit at times, so asking children to play something for you, or teach you something adds a social aspect to learning.
- Celebrate the small victories
Each new song learnt, each skill added to a students repertoire should be celebrated. If we wait until a student can perform 10 pieces perfectly in a concert setting then the journey that place will be a difficult one
- Set up a routine – no matter how small
Practice is often fun, exciting and easy to do for students, but it’s important to set up a routine of practice so when music loses it’s shine, there is a habit in place to make sure that students push past their plateau and continue improving.
- Perform, share and record
Becoming a good performer takes practice, and the more opportunities students get earlier on the better they’ll become, the more interested in performing they’ll be and it strengthens their love of music – giving them a strong ‘why?’.
- Connect with your teacher
Lastly, and most importantly is to ensure that you chat with your teacher often. The teacher student relationship is crucial to getting results, and enjoying the process, so get to know your teacher well, and keep up to date with what is happening in the lessons.