Quality, consistent practice is a necessary component of


in all music study!


I teach students HOW to practice, 

and I set clear expectations and goals 

to help them achieve successful practice.


I expect students to practice 5-6 days every week, and to practice the amount of time it takes to correctly complete all assignments.


Choosing to study piano is a choice to maintain a priority level for practice!


It isn't enough to just attend the lesson - 

Learning piano requires daily, committed practice to apply, develop and master all the skills learned at the lesson. 

For Students age 5-18:
Extra-curricular activities such as sports, drama, dance, gymnastic, etc. are NOT considered valid excuses for not practicing during the week.


Students AND parents should be clear about their readiness to make the necessary time commitment that is required of students in my studio.


practice until they 

get it right. 

PROFESSIONALS practice until they

can't get it wrong.



  1. SET UP A REGULAR SCHEDULE for your practice - make an "appointment" each day when you plan to practice, and stick with it!  Make it a habit, and it'll be easier to do.

  2. For students in school:  SCHEDULE YOUR PRACTICE TIME BEFORE HOMEWORK.  I know homework is important, but trust me:  Don't wait until everything else is done, because most likely, you'll skip practice, only practice a small amount, or be too tired to practice well! Right after school, or early in the morning before school, is an ideal time - you're able to get it done before other activities fill up your time, and you'll have better energy and focus to achieve quality learning.

  3. TAKE BREAKS.  If practicing 30, 45 or 60 minutes straight is too hard, seems overwhelming, or you're losing focus, take a break!  Break up your practice time into smaller 15-20 minute chunks and divide up your assignments to get things done in each mini-session.  Just be sure to go back after each break and get it all done!

  4. REVIEW ASSIGNMENTS & INSTRUCTIONS, AND SET GOALS. Do this before you begin so you you don't waste time playing randomly or forget important tasks.  Plan two or three big goals that you need to reach by the end of the week. Then, set small goals each day that will help you stay focused on assignment instructions and make smart practicing choices!

  5. RECORD YOURSELF!  Use your mobile device to take audio or video recordings of what you're practicing, then play it back - be your own teacher, and listen for things that you can fix and improve!

  6. Try incorporating some toys and games to make practice more FUN!  Check out my Practice Toys page for ideas!

  7. Make sure your practice time is QUIET AND FREE FROM DISTRACTIONS: 

  • Ask siblings or family members to not interrupt you and stay out of the practice room while you're working.  

  • Put devices and phones on silent mode - better yet, put it in Airplane Mode so alerts don't pop up!  Don't text, answer calls, go on Facebook, or play games during practice time - unless it's an assigned music game!

  • Turn off the TV, if it's in the same room.



Find more advice and inspiration for practicing on my Books & Articles page, Music Apps page, and Practice Toys page!


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