Are you or your child enrolled in music lessons? Are you struggling with staying motivated to practice outside of lessons? Well, don’t worry, you’re not alone! Many students face this challenge, but with some helpful tips and tricks, you can overcome this slump and become a virtuoso in no time.
Here are some ways to solve practice issues for yourself or your child enrolled in music lessons:
- Remember the journey, not just the destination: When starting out, it’s important to remember that becoming proficient at an instrument takes time and practice. So, enjoy the journey of learning, and don’t focus solely on the end goal. Celebrate each milestone and progress made.
- Create a comfortable space: Ensure that your practice space is set up and inviting. If you have a dedicated space, it will make it easier for you to enter and practice. Make it a cozy and inviting space, so that you enjoy being there and practicing.
- Attend group classes: Join group classes with musicians of similar age and ability at least once a month. This will give you the opportunity to play with others, and it’s a great way to stay motivated. You’ll be able to showcase what you’ve learned and be inspired by others.
- Get clear directions: Always ask your teacher for clear directions on what exactly you should practice. This is especially important in the beginning when you may not know what to do when you sit down to practice.
- Stay positive: Keep a positive attitude about your practice and playing. Remember that music is a mental and physical discipline that requires great care, and with every practice session, you are getting better.
- Make practicing a habit: In the beginning stages, you may have to semi-force yourself to play just to get the ball rolling. But the more you practice, the easier it becomes. Schedule specific times to practice each day and make it a habit. Eventually, you’ll find yourself practicing without even thinking about it.
- Utilize multiple lessons: Consider starting off with multiple lessons weekly early on to instill the practice routine. This way, you’ll see your teacher multiple times a week, which can help with accountability and motivation.
- Play what you love: It’s important to play what you love and enjoy playing. Make sure to balance it out with the technical exercises and theory, but always have some fun songs to play that keep you motivated and inspired.
In conclusion, learning a new instrument is a journey, and it takes time and practice to become proficient. But with a comfortable space, clear directions, a positive attitude, and a focus on the journey, you or your child can overcome any practicing issues and become a skilled musician. So, keep practicing and enjoy the journey!
by Henry Bahrou – School Director of Grosse Pointe Music Academy