How Long Should I Practice A Day On The Piano?

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“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.

Duration:

Set aside 15 to 60 mins per day.

Timing:

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.

Goals:

My assumption is that you are a beginner and thus these goals may suit you.

  • Consider to learn between 1-10 bars of music. ( if you are learning from my tutorial videos, you can focus on one part in each practice session )
  • Take note of which fingers you used to play the notes. Write it down on your score or note it down on paper for easy reference.
  • Focus on the sound each keys produce and try to work your way to produce the sound you desire.

Smarter Not Harder:

If you find that you are struggling on a certain part of the music.

  • Stop and take the time to think what went wrong
  • Could it be that you had used a wrong finger to play the note?
  • Did the note sound off? Could it be that you had been playing a wrong note?

Problem Solving:

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!

Herman

*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.

 

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