PRACTICING: HOW OFTEN/HOW MUCH?
Minimum: Five days/week, the same length as your lesson.
PARENTS: HOW YOU CAN HELP
- Schedule and supervise practice periods.
- Provide a good instrument in a distraction-free zone.
- Help the student read and understand the assignment.
- Check that the assignment is being followed and progress is being made. "Practicing" is different than "playing".
- Help with any particular difficulties: I will show you how. Please always feel free to ask.
HOW IT WORKS:
- Mutually acceptable expectations will be outlined at the beginning of the semester.
- Assignments and specific instructions are recorded in the homework notebook.
- The last five minutes of each lesson will be spent reviewing the weeks assignment with the parent. Parents are also welcome to observe the entire lesson.
- Learning how to practice is analogous to learning how to play the piano. Therefore, if a student is too busy to practice, they are too busy to be taking piano lessons.
- I spend a lot of time teaching students how to teach themselves, but parental involvement is critical for younger students, and continues to be important as they eventually master the art and discipline of independent, self-directed practice