Schedule it: Hints to Effective Practice
Monday, October 9, 2017 by Betsy Breaker | Effective Practice
What does a “normal” week look like for your family? Is there such a thing or is your calendar constantly in a state a flux? Meal planning is a big thing nowadays, and similarly we should be practice planning, too. Scheduling practice is the best way to ensure that gets done, and also gives you the opportunity to decide what time of day makes the most sense in your household.
At our house, practice before school has become the best solution, and for a variety of reasons it really does work for many families. We’ve always had a “no TV before school rule”, so we just set the alarm a little bit earlier and the free time we have before heading out the door has become practice time.
At your house, mornings may already feel chaotic enough. But if one of your kids was supposed to be at the piano for 20 of those minutes, would that increase the chaos or maybe even reduce the chaos? Only you can decide that.
Regardless of the time of day, take a few minutes to plan out your child’s week. Identify when they will get to the piano each day. Whenever possible, keep it consistent. Even better, tie it to another standard daily event: before supper, after homework, before you brush your teeth, etc. And don’t underestimate the value of two shorter practice sessions instead of one longer practice session. A little bit of practice is better than none!