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.
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