I always strive to teach my students how to practice, not just to tell them that they should. Practicing the piano is a skill that needs to be taught and learnt, just like everything else.
When students are problem solving during their practice time, they can be more efficient and productive during their (often limited) time at the instrument.
With this in mind, each one of my students will have level appropriate practice instructions at the back of their assignment folder. For my young students that means the Parent’s Guide to Piano Practice, and the Beginner’s Practice Feedback Loop.
As the student matures and grows as a musician, they need to develop strategies that they can apply to all sorts of repertoire. For that I give them this sheet. I frequently refer to one of these strategies in their assignment notes, so that they start to learn which to apply to which problems.
For more tips and tricks on teaching piano practice, read this article: What I Wish I Knew About Teaching Piano Practice 12 Years Ago.
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If you’re looking for more ways to get students practicing creatively and effectively, check out the Playful Practice and Pensive Practice cards. Using these cards, students are challenged to practice in all sorts of ways, keeping them on their toes in their practice time!
What ways do you teach students practice strategies?
Do you use any of these strategies? Anything else that you find particularly effective? I’d love to hear about it!