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How much should I practise between lessons?

That depends on you. Everyone has musical ability, but learning to play well requires commitment. Regular, consistent practice is the key to success.

Keep to a daily practice schedule, even if you’re tired or don’t feel like practising. The commitment and consistency matter much more than the amount of time you spend.

As with exercising our bodies, ‘little and often’ will achieve FAR more than overdoing it one day, and then doing nothing for the next few days. For example, you could put in a little time in at the beginning of the day, and then a bit more later on – whatever works for you.

Beginners and younger children just starting lessons will benefit from just 10 minutes a day. As they advance, practice time can be gradually increased. Knowing 'how' to practise is a key element to successful progress and is something I include in all my lessons.

Music Exams in Blandford Forum

Exams suit some learners better than others.

Some students are entirely self-motivated and work hard to achieve the goals they set themselves.

Others prefer a more specific goal to work towards, with an independent assessment of their progress and demonstrable proof that they have reached a recognised level of playing.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music  is the world’s leading music examining board, and over 600,000 candidates (of all ages) take their exams each year.

If you think you might enjoy the challenge of an exam and want to learn more, former Chief Examiner Clara Taylor has written a guide which tells you everything you could possibly want to know before, during and after your exam. You can download a copy here.

My students achieve an outstanding rate of high merit and distinction passes (the average mark nationally is a pass).

However, exams are not a formal requirement of piano lessons.

Some of my students are learning to play the piano as a leisure activity only, preferring not to take formal exams.

How can I help my child's progress?

Supporting your child's musical development can seem daunting, especially if you've not played an instrument before yourself.

But children have a natural desire to please, and the best way to help them progress quickly is simply to take an interest!

I always welcome parents sitting in on lessons, and encourage them to take an active interest in what we're doing. Practice can be a lonely occupation, and children thrive on company.

So sit with your child while they practice, listen, comment and encourage.

"There's nothing remarkable about it. All one has to do is hit the right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself"

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach
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