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February 2022

Piano Practice Tips for Young Beginners

Just signed your child up for piano lessons and wondering what else you can do to better your child’s learning experience? Naturally, going for lessons is not all there is to learning an instrument. In order to become a decent pianist, one should never skimp on practice time.

For young learners who are easily distracted, sticking to a regular practice routine might not be an easy feat on their own. This is where parents can play a role in helping your child get the most out of what he or she is learning at piano lessons! You may have many questions as to how long a practice session should last, or what piano practice even entails. Let us clear all your doubts in this article!

Why is practice important?
Practicing is often strongly emphasized and encouraged upon by all teachers because it is an important part of the learning process. It allows students to absorb what they have learnt in their lessons and trains them to apply the techniques by themselves. Many teachers have witnessed young beginners flourish with a regular practice schedule, parental presence, and a syllabus to follow.

How to structure and time your child’s piano practice?
As parents, it is easy to feel like 24 hours is barely enough time. However, spending whatever little amount of time you have to guide your child can make a significant difference. The pay off will be worth it when you see the rate of your child’s progress with the instrument.

As for the duration of these practice sessions, start small. Let your child get accustomed to 15-minute sessions every other day and then, slowly build up from there. Making full use of those 15 minutes to set up a good foundation is key.

As your child improves and reaches the intermediate level, you can start implementing longer practice sessions at home, ideally on a daily basis. You can also slowly give them more independence as they progress and be absent for some of their practice sessions.

What to do during these practice sessions?
During practice sessions at home, parents can sit next to your child and guide them through their playing. You can use a pencil to pinpoint the notes along the practice score as your child is playing the passage. Make sure that your hand is not covering any part of the book, and that the pencil is the only thing in their line of sight.

This really helps the child see exactly where they have played up to, and to see further ahead in the passage or the piece as a whole. While doing so, it is also important to remind your child about the concept of pitch direction. What this means is that if the notes on the score are going downwards, then they should be playing towards the left on the keyboard. On the other hand, if the notes are going upwards on the score, then they should be playing towards the right on the keyboard.

We understand that some parents may feel a little overwhelmed or find themselves unfit to help their child without any musical background. Not to worry! A lot of the basics can be picked up if you attend piano lessons with your child. At Aureus, we highly encourage parents to sit in for their child’s lessons in-person or through an online livestream service we provide. We value the importance of parents being a part of their child’s learning journey, and have seen children perform better with parental support. Moreover, by understanding what their child is learning, parents are in a better position to facilitate their child’s progress beyond lesson time.

How to help your child cultivate good practice habits?
The ultimate goal of practicing together with your child is so that they can eventually keep up with the same practice habits on their own. A certain way to help them achieve that is to make piano practice a positive and fulfilling experience instead of a required chore. Be generous with your praises when they do something right, no matter how small. Words of affirmation can really boost your child’s confidence in playing and give them a sense of accomplishment. This will provide them with the motivation and reason to further improve their playing skills.

Need more tips to help your child practise better? Let our experienced and highly-qualified teachers enlighten you! Book a free trial lesson with a piano teacher at Aureus now!

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