Hey there! As we gear up for the Back-to-School music season, let’s talk about how to make music practice work alongside those school books. We get it, life can get busy, but with a little know-how, you can nail a consistent Back-to-School practice routine.
Focus on Quality, Not Quantity
When it comes to practicing music, don’t stress about the hours. Short and focused beats long and scattered any day, especially if you’re just starting out.
For kiddos, kick off with 15-minute practice rounds. Squeezing in two to three of these a week is a win! But honestly, even one solid session weekly can lead to great progress.
To get the most out of your short practice session, pick a small goal, such as acing a C major scale or tackling the start of a new tune. Working this out with your teacher sets you up for success!
Consistency is the Name of the Game
Think of music practice like a regular habit. Slow and steady is the trick! Whatever practice plan you decide on—say, just 15 minutes once a week—stick to it, and you’ll see the results.
If you’re new to music, starting small, like we just mentioned, is smart. As you get the hang of it, you can pump up the time you spend.
Set Up Your Music Zone
Having an organized music space matters. If you’re rushing to find stuff every time you practice, your practice time will be up before you’ve had a chance to settle in! So, put together a small area with your music gear ready to roll.
Stuff to have around:
- Sheet Music and Notebooks
- Picks, Bows, etc.
- A Tuner
- A Metronome
- Pencils and Erasers
- A Device to Playback Music On
Achievable Goals Are Key
At the start of the school year, it’s great to have big goals. But hey, school’s busy! If your music goals are too big for your schedule, that’s a recipe for disappointment. Start small, and you can always crank it up later!
Instead of having to cut back, you’ll feel good seeing yourself achieve what you aimed for.
Have a Target
A long-term goal is a great motivator. Think performances or recording your tunes!
Our school throws recitals twice a year, so there’s always a shot at getting on stage, no matter when you start!
Want to know more about setting up your child with one of Toronto’s top music teachers? Get in touch with us today! Let’s make this Back-to-School music journey awesome!