Studio Policies: Part 4 of 5

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Today’s post focuses on what I expect from my families in regards to practicing. In my studio, I much rather students focus on practice goals versus accomplishing a certain amount of time. Here is what I expect…

PRACTICING

• Students are required to complete their assignments each week. Daily practice is vital to musical progress. If you
treat piano lessons like an academic subject, students will progress and grow and enjoy it more in the long run.
Students are encouraged to keep a practice record, and to work toward musical goals rather than simply counting
minutes. The study of music is rewarding and enjoyable, but it is also work! The recommended amount of practice
time will be discussed with the student, and should be practiced at least 5 days a week. However, in my studio I
stress quality practicing more than quantity practicing. To help with this, I also give some fun ideas that help with
quality practicing through “ practice games.” Encourage your child to use the practice games. Your child will
receive a practice record, which is to be maintained by the student and signed by the parent each week. Remember
“You get out of it what you put into it.” Unprepared lessons cost the same as prepared ones but their value is
substantially compromised.
 
Important note: Sometime during the course of taking piano lessons, your child may say something like, “I don’t want to practice,” or “I’m too
tired to go to piano lessons,” or “I don’t want to go- I want to play with my friends,” “I want to quit,” etc… Just be aware that your child’s
interest will probably not be consistent; but to be successful, you will need to be consistent in your encouragement and commitment to music
instruction. In most cases, simply acknowledge your child’s comments, but then go on with your normal routine just as you would if you heard
the comment, “I don’t want to brush my teeth,” “I don’t want to stop playing with my toys,” or “I don’t want to go to bed.”
 
 
Disclaimer: Not all of the wordings in my policy are original. Over the years I have come across great ideas in teachers policies that were willing to share so I have adapted them into my policy as well. If you see something that is your original idea, thank you! And feel free to credit yourself  the comments. 

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