All About Practice

Practice is the noun – you do your PRACTICE.
Practise is the verb – you PRACTISE your instrument.

Each pupil is given a Practice Book with details of the things s/he needs to practise during the time between lessons. Practising regularly is an essential part of learning to play an instrument so reminding your child to practise and monitoring when they do is very valuable. I will provide the book in September, they are free but 50p to replace if lost. I will write notes on what to practise in here. You can write me notes too if you wish.

Please be ready to practise most days each week – at least five days – for at least 10 minutes, 20 minutes for more established players. Younger children almost always need support with this at first until a good routine is established. A few minutes each day, perhaps as part of their routine when they read each evening or after cleaning their teeth each morning, is far more useful than an hour the night before a lesson! Write the number of minutes in the boxes for each day and an adult signs at the end of the week. I will give a star towards a certificate for 5 separate practices a week of at least 10 mins. 10 mins is OK for beginners but 20 is better and once you’re working on exams 20 is a minimum, it would take 10 mins to warm up!

My last bit of advice would be that the practice at home makes far more difference than what I may do in the lesson. Those who do exceptionally well are always the ones who practise regularly, those who progress very slowly are the ones who do not. As a general average I’d expect most to take grade 1 after about a year of learning, unless they start in year 3 in which case it is usually longer. However, I frequently have pupils reach grade 1 in one or two terms, if they work hard and have other musical experience.