Summer is coming to an end and school is about to start. For some this might be sad news, but not for us at Modern Music School! Since our classrooms get a little quieter during the summer too (some students decide to let their instruments “relax” for a bit too), we’re super excited to have all our students back soon. We’re also equally excited to welcome our new students, of course!
For those of you who haven’t practiced for a few weeks (and for those just starting now) — here are our 5 top tips for practicing music:
- Fun comes first. Play the songs you really like and practice with joy! The more you enjoy your practice, the more you’ll learn.
- Stop thinking and start doing. Just get started. Use your time and energy wisely and don’t waste it on an inner dialogue of excuses and self-doubt.
- Always start small. Make it as easy as possible for you. Everybody can get two minutes of practice in and they’ll easily turn into five or ten minutes once you start.
- Short and regular, as supposed to long and inconsistent. Frequent repetitions initiate the best learning results, something neuroscientist have known for a long time.
- [Parent Tip] Instead of forcing your children to practice, try learning alongside them. Ask to be shown what your child is practicing, and then ask him or her to teach you. Get involved and turn practice time into quality family time — it’ll double your child’s interest in learning.
Stop thinking about how much or how long you should practice because it doesn’t really matter that much (unless you want to become a pro musician or have other goals that require an intensive practice routine.) Instead, think about how you can make it the most fun because fun will turn music into a source of energy and joy – and your progress will be inevitable!