As I reviewed “The Practice Revolution” by Philip Johnston, I thought it would be a good idea to share his reasons of why students don’t practice. Read below and check to see if any of these could be lurking around your home.
- Time Management Skills – there is not a set time for daily practice.
- Reading Problems – note reading that is… for those who have started reading music. And for my students this is equivalent to not using the Practice CD.
- Lack of parental help– At Dorla’s Piano Studio (DPS) parents are required to practice with their child at least up to book 4. Those in book 4, 5 and 6 should have a parent check that they have accomplished everything on the weekly assignment page.
- Parental Interference – at DPS that would mean parents who fail to attend the last 15 minutes of class and then confuse the child at home.
- A week with wings – children are soooo busy nowadays that it seems as if time flies. If piano practice is not on the schedule it will not get done.
- Impossible Workload – if you feel the weekly assignments are too much for your child – make sure you let me know ASAP! Your child might be in the wrong class.
- Not clear on what they are hoping to achieve – have you checked the assignment book? If you do not understand – give me a call!
- Discovering that practice doesn’t work – WHAT!!? If your child comes to class excited about his/her practice at home and leaves class unhappy, and you do not know why….then we need to have a parent/teacher conference today! I need to make sure you are both understanding what is required at home each week.
Practice is 50% of the learning process. If things are not working out at home – let’s talk about it soon.