Practice Challenge 2018: Notes From a Practicing Parent

It's 6pm on a Saturday. My daughter's bedtime is in 2 hours; she and her brothers still need baths, snacks, and the house is a wreck. We haven't touched her violin all day, despite having been home and doing relatively nothing productive for the previous 8 hours. It's time to practice, and I find myself feeling grumpy that we haven't done it already. Why hasn't she done her practice yet? Answer: She's five, and she doesn't even remember to brush her teeth unless I remind her. It's not her job to make sure practicing happens daily. It's mine. We're wrapping up practice month at Upper Beaches Music School, and let me tell you, it's no joke. While my daughter is practicing more frequently

5 Tips for Painless Practice Routines

I’m not a huge fan of practicing, and as a grown-up Suzuki child, I know my mum hated it too. I’ve met a few rare musicians who really and truly enjoy practicing, but they are few and far between. As a creature of habit and routine, it is very important for me to stick to a routine in my practicing. Practice routines are so much more than just when to practice, so in this post, I will share 5 tips to keep practicing in a routine and more or less painless for all involved! 1. Practice consistently. It goes without saying that good routines and habits can only be formed by consistent and repetitive action. I ask my students to practice at the very least 5 days a week to keep it consistent. I m

Practice Challenge 2018

April is Practice Month at Upper Beaches Music School! We are pumped to share more tips, games and blog posts with you on how to practice effectively with your child. Here are the rules to our challenge: 1. Each week, every student will be given a customized practice goal by their music teacher. It could involve practicing a certain amount of days that week, for a certain amount of time each day, and/or very specific list of items to practice. 2. If the student reaches their goal, they are awarded a guess card by the teacher. 3. Students use the guess cards to guess how many jellybeans are in the jar in the waiting area. The more times they reach their practice goal over the month of April

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