Why You Need a Music Practice Schedule
If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you’ve probably noticed that we talk about home music practice quite a bit! This is because, while musical instruction is obviously critical, practicing at home is equally as important for musicians. And just like lessons and classes, it’s good to have your music practices follow a set schedule.
Why have a music practice schedule?
The most basic reason for practicing at the same time every day is that it creates a habit. When you know that at, for example, at 730pm every day you’re going to be practicing violin for 30 minutes, you’ll be mentally prepared for it every day. Routine helps remove excuses and distractions, and also helps ensure consistency.
Practice at a time that works for YOU
The most important thing about when to schedule your daily practice is making sure it’s at a time that works for you (or your child). It can take a little experimentation to figure out the right time. For some, it can be after school, or before dinner. Early risers might prefer to practice in the mornings, when they’re feeling refreshed and awake. When trying to determine the right practice time, just try to stick to a specific time for a week. If it works, great! If not, it’s as simple as picking a different time the next week and trying again. Eventually you’ll find a time that’s just right.
Practice for a set amount of time
The key here is having practice sessions be a length of time that’s doable day in, day out. Especially when starting out, it’s easy for a young, ambitious musician to feel like they need to be practicing for hours and hours every day. For others the idea of practicing for 15 minutes can feel daunting. What matters though is consistency! Even if it’s just 10 minutes a day, regular practice will result in progress.
As time goes on, and skills improve, daily practice sessions become something musicians enjoy and look forward to – it’s not unusual to lose track of time and practice longer than planned. One of the great things about being a musician is that it just gets better and better over time! Speaking of, it can also be good to keep track of how much time you spend practicing – it can be fun to see how much it adds to up throughout the year.
So, in a nutshell: decide on a daily music practice schedule, that always starts at the same time, and set aside a minimum amount of time for it. Pick a time and try it for a week, and if it doesn’t work try again until you figure out a schedule that does. Pretty simple, right? You might be surprised at how much of a difference it makes!