How Long Should a Piano Student Practice?
Hello and greetings from your Great Neck, NY piano teacher, Ira Baslow!
This a question I'm often asked by piano students and the parents of their children taking piano lessons.
I'd like to shed some light on this subject by discussing some of the variables that effect the time allotted for piano practice.
1. A big factor is what level of playing the piano is the student at. A beginner will practice less than an intermediate and advanced student based on the fact that their is less material and compositions to work on.
2. Also, how many extracurricular activities is the student involved in. Aside from regular school work are there sports, dance lessons, private tutoring etc involved?
3. Motivation also comes into play. Are the piano lessons intended to simply enjoy being able to play some favorite music selections or is the student looking to become a classical concert pianist.
With that being said, no matter what the goals of the piano student might be, my view on how long should a piano student practice is...
Consistency above quantity of time. I would prefer a piano student to practice 15 - 20 minutes a day five days a week as opposed to two hours in one practice once a week. It is by sitting at the piano on a regular basis that one becomes more proficient at honing in their skills at playing the piano. Also a funny thing starts to happen as one plays on a regular and consistent basis. Playing the piano becomes more enjoyable and less intimidating and the length of practice time begins to increase naturally.
I hope this clarified the question of how long should a piano student practice the piano. So until next time...keep making music!