“How long should I practice a day on the piano?”
This was the question I ask my teacher many years back and I believe that for many beginner pianists out there, this is a recurring question that yearns for an answer.
According to Albert Frantz’s post on How Long Should a Beginner Practice? , he suggested that very young children below the age of 6 should practice about 15 to 20mins ( with the supervision of a parent ) . He also added that “Teenage and adult beginners should practice at least 30 minutes a day, six days a week. Once you have developed a proper working methodology, a practice regiment of 45 minutes to an hour five to seven days a week should be considered mandatory.”
A post by Noa Kageyama , PH.D – How Many Hours a Day Should You Practice? Had suggested that “practicing more than one hour at a time is likely to be unproductive and in all honesty, probably not even mentally or emotionally possible.”
So assuming you are a beginner and you had decided to set aside an hour a day for practice, what should you concentrate on during each practice session?
In the same article by Noa Kageyama, he listed 5 keys for more effective practice: duration, timing, goals, smarter not harder and problem solving. (I highly recommend you visit that blog for the full information.)
I would like to draft out a sample outline for you to use during each session so that you could maximize your practicing session.
Note: This same outline is drafted with an adult learner in mind. You can always adapt the same principles for your child.
Set aside 15 to 60 mins per day.
Consider which timing suits your schedule. For me, I like to practice in the evening around 6pm onwards. You may feel that you prefer to practice it first thing in the morning and that is fine too.
My assumption is that you are a beginner and thus these goals may suit you.
If you find that you are struggling on a certain part of the music.
For each problem you encounter, find out what went wrong and test out different solutions and until you come up with the best solution. Subsequently, repeat process 1 through 5 again for your next practice session.
Hopefully these 5 tips will help you to get more out of your practice session.
All the best!
*Watch my online piano tutorial videos to learn how to play piano without reading a single music note. If you are interested, grab a copy of my personal tips on piano playing and hand coordination and I will see you there.