Piano Practice - Set the Tone

Make it a Habit

Practicing is a skill in itself and developing a consistent practice routine requires dedication and patience. It takes at least 6 weeks to develop a new habit! Aim to play at the same time each day and start small. Consistency is more important than absolute time spent. Music - especially the physical conditioning side of things - cannot be “crammed.”


Assignments are sent to the student after each lesson, so there are guidelines about which exercises and songs should be played each week. I encourage my students to practice for repetitions rather than for time. In other words: play each of your assignments three times during each practice session rather than committing to playing for 15 minutes.

While there's no need to set a timer, it can be good to know that early assignments can be completed in approximately 5 minutes per day, 4 days per week. As the student advances, the assignments will lengthen, as will the capacity to improvise, compose and play repertoire pieces - so time spent practicing naturally increases as well.


Focused repetitions are the name of the game when it comes to learning music and technique. Change things up as you repeat: close your eyes, play softer or louder, faster or slower, etc. Stretch your body in between and get up anytime you feel inclined. Come back to the piano when refreshed and try a few more repetitions.


Take time to have fun every time you play! You got into piano to enjoy playing so make sure you're taking time to actually enjoy playing! If there's nothing you particularly like on your practice sheet, play an older favorite song, do some improvisation or learn some chords for a new favorite song.

For the Littles

Students ages 4-7 will likely need and benefit from a parent practicing with them each day. Helping them read the assignments, reminding them of technique goals, and offering words of encouragement makes a big difference over time! There’s no need to try to “teach piano” during these practice sessions.


People of all ages can benefit from visual reminders and rewards for practice. Whether it’s a scheduled phone reminder or an activity chart; a night out to celebrate three months of lessons or a new Squishmallow to celebrate 6 weeks of regular practice - find ways to show yourself that your music studies are meaningful and worthwhile.

child playing piano during piano lesson, looking very focused and ready leaning in a bit with very round hands on the keys and guitars in the background

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