2021 School Year and Practice Questions

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We receive a lot of questions at the studio, and one of the most common ones is- "how long should I practice?" There is no easy answer to this question, other than you get out of the instrument what you put into it. Some students will practice for 5 hours a day while their family will have to beg them to stop and spend time elsewhere. Generally, students need more encouragement, and many young musicians and families struggle with this part of the learning process.

Some teachers will tell you to practice for 20 minutes a day while others will say for a couple hours. Personally, I like to have students start off with five minutes and build from there. Anyone can practice for five minutes and have fun with it. The key is to progressively overload the practice time from five minutes to ten, and then ten to twenty and so on. The most important part of this process is to have fun with this time- we're trying to associate time spent behind the instrument with joy and entertainment. 

I'll be honest- learning an instrument to a high standard is very hard. To the untrained eye, playing an instrument looks very easy, but every movement that a musician makes behind their instrument is calculated. Every song or piece of music ever written was the culmination of decisions that took years, maybe decades to produce, and its only through these years of experience that musicians make their craft look easy. 

A musical education is a marathon, not a sprint. Developing the self discipline needed to maintain a world class practice regiment doesn't come overnight-therefore, start small (very small) at five minutes, and progress from there! 

The most important thing, of course, is to have fun with your instrument. Thats why we all got into this in the first place, and thats why i'm still here after 20 years of playing. 

-Trent

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