6 Ways to make Practice ‘Perfect’ not Painful
Create a routine: I always suggest linking practice in to homework routines. This way it becomes a good habit and part of the routine. Some families find early morning practice more effective as children are more responsive to learning when fresh. Change things around and see if you can create a routine that suits your family better.Set small goals: rather than tackling everything at once, set some smaller goals for your child. Practice one piece one day and one on the next. Spend 5 to 10 minutes in quality practice time rather than arguing for 30 minutes and not achieving anything. Every just practice a couple of more difficult bars and leave the rest of the piece for later. It is sometimes only 1 or 2 bars that sends the whole practice routine out the window with a tantrum of frustration.Gentle Persuasion is key: a great way to encourage practice is to be part of the routine. 5 or 10 minutes of your undivided attention is worth alot to your young prodigy. You will find as they grow older they will be =come more willing to initiate practice for themselves and you may even be surprised to find they have started without any prompting whatsoever.Consequences: As a child gets older, roughly 11 or 12 years, they begin to understand the consequences of not practicing. They need to realise that it is totally in their hands and the results of their practice will improve their playing and enjoyment of their instrument. Regular performance opportunities can help with this as they will learn how good preparation results in a good experience.
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