Lessons have begun again and I am looking forward to all of the wonderful music we will be learning and creating over this term! To start things off the best possible way a reminder about a very important subject - practice! Here is a very good article for parents along with an infographic which has excellent advice.
I expect on average 5 days of practice, with 3 as a minimum. An ideal would be every day! Completing weekly goals will ensure progress and success. Using a notebook is very important for this and I am ordering some practice planner notebooks. However, if you just remember this quote from the renowned music educator Shinichi Suzuki, you won't go wrong!
You don't have to practice every day
We will also keep a running total for the whole studio. I'm included in this as I'll be taking part in a 40 piece challenge with teachers from all over the world. Watch out for my recordings on youtube!
The final thing to mention is performance! There will be an opportunity to enter Woking Music Festival which has a wide range of classes to suit all ages and levels as well as non-competitive. From beginners, exams, classical, popular, there's even a Christmas or Humour class! The Festival runs from November 13th - 28th with the closing dates for entry October 1st. I will be chatting to pupils during lessons about this and will email details individually. As it is at the start of term it can be difficult to feel confident of having a piece to play well and perform so there will be more opportunities later in the year!
Alison is a classical pianist, teacher, and composer running a thriving piano studio in Surrey, South East of England.