Recipients of the Aureus Young Artist of the Month are students who show outstanding progress and growth in technicality and musicality. They are recommended and handpicked by our Aureus teachers from everyday classes at Aureus Academy. When we feature them, we hope to be able to motivate and inspire other young artists with their stories.
Victoria Lau is our Aureus Young Artist of the Month. She began her music journey with Aureus Academy almost five years ago, now at age 10, she still leaves everyone impressed with her level of musicality, passion and dedication to practice piano and violin five days a week. Today, we’ll take a look at how Victoria balances school, family time and practice.
Making Time For Quality Practice
We had a quick conversation with Vivian, Victoria’s mother, about how her daughter came to excel in playing music. “She really enjoys music and at that age [of four], she was able to sit at the piano to practice for 15 to 30 minutes a few times a week. As she got older, from 6 years old she would practice for 1 hour about 5 times a week.”
Practice does make perfect. This is something that is tried and true for Victoria and many inspiring musicians out there. Marie Forleo, American entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author has said: “Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally. It comes from what you do consistently.” So, how can you as parents help form a habit of consistent, quality practice?
1. Make Practice A Habit
Victoria practices five times a week, one hour each day. She would finish her school work and a revision, practice piano for 30 minutes, have dinner and another 30 minutes of violin practice. Find the time and duration that works for your child. For most children, setting up a timetable works best for them as it forms a routine habit for practice.
2. Practice Playing The Basics
Crunching the basics for any instrument lays a good strong foundation for greater heights. For children, find a duration suitable to their attention span and work on good hand positions and finger independence. Chinese virtuoso pianist and classical music superstar, Lang Lang, puts in two hours of practice himself every day. He believes that one hour a day is a good start to one’s beginner piano learning journey – 20 minutes on basics, 20 minutes on small pieces and 20 minutes on some improvisations on the piano.
3. Keeping Practice Fun
“To play a wrong note is insignificant; to play without passion is inexcusable.” This famous quote of German composer, Ludwig van Beethoven, tells us that passion is key to musical success. Practice must be fun so that it can nurture the student’s heart, mind and soul for music. Engage with your child during practice by asking them to play a song they have learnt and that you loved listening to or have them perform for the family to encourage their practice progress.
Lessons and activities held by our teachers at Aureus Academy are engaging, and exciting so that the students are always having fun while learning. Our lessons at this point in time have shifted online, making it even more accessible for parents to listen in and help make practice at home a fun family activity.
Repetition and practice are an essential part of learning music, it is the way to honing your craft and it is absolutely the way to tell the difference between the good and the best – like Victoria. With consistent, quality practice, it is proof that anyone can be great at playing the piano or guitar, so long as they make time to practice. It is proof that YOU can be our next Aureus Young Artist of the Month!
Click here to watch Victoria’s performance on Telemann’s Vivace and Faure’s Andante Moderato.
Jacklyn is a Copywriter with Aureus Group, and making words flow to the sound of music is just about her thing! She hopes that her writing will be able to influence more people into experiencing the magic that music can bring. When Jacklyn is not crafting quirky and fun paragraphs or one-liners for work, she will be scrolling and swiping around for the next social media trend, singing for her neighbours from her living room, binging on Netflix or deep diving into the world of music and performing arts.