In preparation for the new year, I started my practising routine last week. After a couple of weeks of vacation and slow mornings, it was a challenge for me to get up and start practising at 7am! But after a week, it feels great and I am back into a routine. Mornings are a wonderful time to practise, so that it is done and not an extra task to complete in the evening after homework.
A few tips to get started this fall:
1. Put your piano somewhere where family can hear the practising. That way others in the family are able to complement the student on their accomplishments during practising. This will boost their ego! Also, they won’t feel like practising is an activity that excludes them from the rest of the family.
2. Keep a practising journal or calendar. My older private students keep a practising journal so that I can see what they are up to during the week. This gives them a place to be proud, or to vent when a piece is particularly challenging!
A calendar is also a great idea, since it is satisfying to see all those check marks or stickers add up throughout the month! There could also be rewards for a certain amount of practising.
3. Praise all accomplishments big or small! Every time you sit at the piano you should congratulate yourself! You play an instrument and that is wonderful. Music is hard, but rewarding.
4. Email your teacher (me!). I love to hear what is going on at home. I am full of enthusiasm for my students and would love to email you back and tell you how great you are doing!
Good luck this week everyone!