For the student:

1.      Practice at the same time every day.

2.      Practice when you’re at your freshest. 30 minutes in the morning is worth 60 minutes at night.

3.      Warm up with something you enjoy playing.  Review is the best warm-up.

4.      Go on to your hardest thing next, while your concentration is high.

5.      Set a specific goal for each practice session.  Example: “Today, I’ll play that page hands together.”

6.      Decide with your teacher and parents how long you should practice – and stick to it!

7.      Perform often for your parents and friends and in recitals.  That will give you a solid reason to polish your performance. 


For the parents:

1.      Keep practice positive.  Appreciate your child’s effort to learn.

2.      You’re the helper.  Don’t try to teach.

3.      Take notes and/or tape the weekly lesson.  Note assignments, technical points and goals.

4.      Ask questions at the lesson if points seem unclear – your child won’t.

5.      Make the home environment conducive to practicing and listening.  Don’t make practice time compete with TV, video games and phone distractions.

6.      Not every minute of practice needs to be purely productive.  Allow fun to happen!

7.      Expect practice to get done.  It’s not pushing!  It’s homework in piano.

8.      Expose your child to a wide variety of music, including live concerts and solo recitals.  High schools, colleges and churches are excellent sources of live performances.  Exposure also means giving the student additional opportunities to perform – such as – on any of the pianos throughout Mayo Clinic and Assisted Living / Nursing Homes.