In December each year, our studio has its longest break. Students get a full two weeks off from piano lessons. I hope all of my students will enjoy a time of relaxation, visiting friends and family, and enjoying the peace and beauty of the holiday season. I 100% support taking a short break from practicing piano during this time, but if you or your child wishes to supplement their piano practice over the break, I’ve gathered some ideas for you!
We have all heard the statistics about how studying and playing music makes children smarter, or at least helps them get better grades. I’m sure there are many reasons for that, but I believe the primary reason is because learning an instrument takes practice, builds discipline, determination, patience, and resilience. You might say it builds character. And all those character traits make a very good student, whether in primary school or the school of life.
To make the most of your child’s piano lessons, it’s important to establish a consistent practice routine. Unlike most sports where kids meet for multiple guided practices throughout the week, piano students are expected to practice individually at home. Figuring out how to practice can be a process, especially for a young student. It’s common for parents to experience frustration in this department (“Getting Timmy to practice is a non-stop battle!”), but with a few basic guidelines it’s possible to facilitate an effective practice routine for your child.
Originally featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 edition of Clavier Companion in an article titled, “The Teaching Legacy of Rosina Lhevinne, part II” by Scott McBride Smith.
Musical Excellence Awards are given to honor students who display outstanding commitment to their own musical development and those who use the power of music for good in their communities.
There are many ways your child can earn a Musical Excellence Award. I sincerely hope that each of the following activities provides an opportunity for students to enhance their experience in piano lessons and further their musicianship in the community! Continue reading