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Practice Makes Perfect

Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Typically, lessons are once a week and range from 30 minutes and two hours long. However, this alone is not enough to ensure that your student is making the most out of their music education. Students who practice regularly will always succeed faster than students who do not. Regular practice is essential to the development of the necessary skills and knowledge needed to master an instrument and fully enjoy the beautiful language of music.

Here are some tips that will help to ensure that your student is getting the most out of their lesson and is prepared for the next week’s instruction.

1. Regular Practice is Paramount! It’s better to practice 15 minutes a day than to practice for 3 hours the day before a lesson.

2. Keep a Practice Log. Encourage your student by creating a practice log in a notebook or on a piece of paper. Include date, exercises, and length of each practice session. Include date, exercises, and length of each practice session. Logging lessons gives your students concrete proof that they are progressing and learning new skills on their instrument.

3. Be Proactive. Quiz your student from time to time. Have them explain concepts, skills or other specific aspects of their instrument. It shows them you have an interest in their music education and reinforces the skills or concepts they are working toward mastering.

4. Slow is the Way to Go! Repetition at slow speeds is more effective than rushing and making mistakes. Once your student is displaying proficiency at a slower tempo, encourage them to speed up, but go in small increments.

5. Let us know! Don’t be afraid to contact us about any concerns you have about your student’s music education, practice habits or progress. Sometimes a student can hit roadblocks or become stuck or frustrated with a concept, skill, or song. If this is occurring please let us know and we can focus on specific problems. Above all we want your student to succeed and enjoy making music!

John Weston
WestonSchoolChicago@Gmail.com
(949) 292‐1816