Managing time is an important part of a student’s practice strategy.
We can help students organise their time effectively so they get the most out of their practice sessions.
It’s very easy for students to concentrate on the things they enjoy playing so some of the less appealing studies, scales and pieces get neglected. We’ve all done this at some point.
So talking to students about how much time they give each practice item can help them get a better balance and coverage of what they are working on in their practice sessions.
If a student is finding a study or piece difficult or a bit tedious, explain how it will benefit their playing. If the student understands its value they will be more likely to give it the practice time you recommended.
Some students may find having a clock or a timer useful to remind them of practice item timings, as it’s easy to lose track of time when playing.
Discussing how their practice timing went the previous week can be very useful to help students to continue developing an effective, rewarding practice strategy.
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