Anchorage, Alaska
880 N Street, Suite 111
Anchorage, AK 99501
907-360-2915

How to Practice Between Piano Lessons June 3, 2019

Anchorage, Anchorage, AK
How to Practice Between Piano Lessons, Anchorage, Alaska

Learning an instrument comes with many benefits. Besides gaining the ability to perform some favorite songs, piano lessons inspire creativity, discipline, and help students with other subject areas like math. However, you won't get as far as you want to without practice. Below is a brief guide to help students hone their skills between classes.

Tips for Practicing Piano

1. Length of Session

Most music teachers agree students should practice at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week between piano lessons. Half-hour sessions offer enough time to refresh your memory and hone skills that were taught during the class without becoming overwhelming. Those under seven may be more suited to 10-15 minute sessions. If students are enjoying their playing or they are more advanced, practice can be extended to 45-90 minutes. College-level players with a desire to go professional should rehearse anywhere from three to six hours a day.

2. Quality of Practice

How you practice contributes just as much as how long. Unfocused, rushed execution is not beneficial, and can actually reinforce negative habits that, then, have to be unlearned. Instead, practice a little bit at a time and keep moving forward without going back to something you’ve already tackled. It is better to work on a song in small increments between piano lessons than to overdo one specific section. This also staves off the fatigue that leads to mistakes.

3. Breaks

piano lessonsLearning to play any instrument requires consistent work over a period of time. It also includes taking breaks and a solid night’s sleep in between sessions. While your brain is at rest, it makes necessary connections that actually improve skills such as playing the piano. Therefore, for advanced students who practice several hours, break up sessions into smaller timeframes to prevent cramping fingers and fatigue.

4. Teacher Tips

Sometimes the best advice comes from your teacher who sees you play regularly. Piano tutors can take into account your age, level, and ambition when it comes to learning piano. Ask your teacher to give you tips for how to approach practice sessions until you’ve developed a sense of your own limits.

 

Located in Anchorage, AK, European Piano School is the area’s top choice for piano lessons. Led by Iryna Dunaeva for almost 40 years, students of all ages and levels benefit from her incredible teaching techniques. To arrange for private piano lessons, call (907) 360-2915 or fill out the form on their website.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from European Piano School
How Do Piano Lessons Benefit Homeschooled Children?, Anchorage, Alaska
If you’ve made the decision to homeschool your kids, the benefits of customizing education are obvious to you already. However, no parent can provide every academic and social opport...read more
3 Reasons to Sign Your Child Up for Music Class, Anchorage, Alaska
Childhood is a time of exploration—of having new experiences and discovering new passions. If your son or daughter is interested in developing new skills, consider signing them ...read more
What Do the Pedals on a Piano Do?, Anchorage, Alaska
When you imagine someone playing the piano, your first thought is often of their fingers flying over the keys. Less noticed is the careful footwork they are doing below. However, lea...read more
3 Easy Tricks for Learning to Read Sheet Music, Anchorage, Alaska
For beginners just starting with piano lessons, and even some pianists who’ve played by ear for years, learning to read sheet music can feel like a major challenge. Like any second l...read more
3 Ways a Metronome Can Help You Practice Piano, Anchorage, Alaska
Learning to play the piano takes commitment and, most importantly, a love of the instrument. Beginning students can benefit both from piano lessons with an instructor, as well a...read more