Optimizing Your Music Practices

The only proven way to get better at something and master it, is by dedicating enough time and effort to the cause! It doesn’t matter if you’re playing sports, learning an instrument, or trying to perfect your vocals. Whatever you’re trying to master needs consistent efforts in order for you to get better. But, practice can sometimes feel like it’s repetitive and mundane, especially for a younger student. Sometimes practice may feel like a dread for a younger student once they have to sit down and actually learn, because learning something new is VERY demanding. We’ve put together a list of ways you can optimize your practice time, and still have fun while you get better at your skills. Hopefully, you’ll be able to apply one of these options to your practice routine to make it less of a force!

  1. Have a positive mindset towards practicing: Whether you’re the teacher or the student, this is an incredibly important step. If you’re the teacher, the attitude you have towards your student and their skills can be detrimental. It’s important that you are encouraging, and are motivating the student to continue working on their skills. If you’re the student, coming to your practices excited and happy to learn new things will allow you to master the new skills with ease. Having a willingness to learn, be critiqued, and get better at what you do will always come in handy.
  2. Change up your routine: Nobody wants to do the same exact things every single day. If you’re the teacher, try to switch up your lesson plans at least every other week. This will get your student more excited to see what the new lesson plan is each week. If you’re a student, suggest to your instructor that you’d like to try some new things so they can alter your lesson plan accordingly. 
  3. Teach or play music that is actually interesting: If you’re a teacher with significantly younger students, they may not really enjoy playing Mozart every single day. Try to throw in music that they enjoy more. If you’re the student, suggest some songs to your teacher that you’d like to learn that fall into your experience range.
  4. Don’t be afraid to let the student’s creative side show: When there are projects or tasks with creative freedom and no right or wrong answer, students will be more easily motivated! Allowing a student to show their creative side also allows them to become more comfortable with the materials they are learning and allows them to become fully immersed in their music practices.
  5. Technology can be an incredible aid: As long as the technology doesn’t become a distraction, it can be very useful! There are plenty of apps and instructional videos found online that can aid in any student’s musical practice. You must find the right instructors and material in order to make any progress, though.
  6. Practice smarter, not longer or harder: When you give yourself time in between to rest and aren’t always pushing yourself to keep going, you make better progress. It’s very easy to accomplish a lot in a short amount of time, especially if you’re truly dedicating yourself in the time that you are working at your skills. 

We hope these little tips are useful to you in your musical endeavors. Stay tuned for some more tips and suggestions to make practicing a piece of cake! If you’re interested in signing up for music lessons, click the button below to register today. Your first lesson with Harmony Lessons is FREE! Claim your offer NOW! 🤩

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