Updated: Jun 15, 2021
At Chasing Sound, we know that a great many layers come with learning music, especially when you are starting out. An important part of the journey and your progress is practice. This part of learning needs input from the student, tutor and parent. Our Chasing Sound tutors model practice in lessons so that students and parents have some reference for this learned skill. In this blog post, we have listed some suggestions to make sure we all understand how to practice in the most effective way.
Some handy tips for practice:
Bring an exercise book to your lessons to record teacher notes, practice schedule and more.
Remember your materials. This includes instrument, book and print materials.
If they are able to, parents should sit in on lessons. Good communication and active involvement supports the consolidating work that happens at home.
Make sure that before the lesson ends, you have set clear practice goals and a schedule for the week.
Set some performance or musical goals to help direct your practice. Chat to your teacher about this.
Be patient with your progress. Effective practice and a good routine take time to develop.
Practice routines are not one size fits all, you have to find what works for you.
Practice is best if scheduled for shorter intervals multiple times across the week. As such, it is better to do 15mins worth 4 or 5 times a week than to cram an hour in the day before your lesson. Music is a skill that builds gradually over time, whether it is your practical ability or training your ear. If you are not sure what practice looks like, ask your tutor. In fact, we encourage you to ask lots of questions about how to learn and how to practice.