Fitting in Piano Practice: How Much is Enough?

Category: Practice and Performance

StopwatchIf you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the piano and thought “I JUST DON’T HAVE THE TIME!”, I have some good news for you! In as little as 15 minutes per day, YOU.. yes, YOU can learn to play the piano!

Truth is, for most people the first 15 minutes of practice tends to be the best 15 minutes.. after that, one’s ability to focus tends to drop off somewhat (not to mention that some people get bored easily). And if you can find 15 minutes in your day to play, you would be surprised at how sometimes it magically extends to 20 minutes, or even 30 minutes… Where did that time come from? Truth is, you MADE that time. ¬†And yes, there will be those days when you sit down at the piano to practice, and then 5 minutes later some mini-crisis happens that takes you away from practicing; the bathtub overflows, or your husband sets the house on fire while trying to cook kraft dinner. Count those days as successes: 5 minutes of practice is better than zero ¬†minutes!

And don’t feel guilty if you can’t practice every day. Aim for 3-4 times per week. If you can do more than that, great! If you can’t – just feel good that you are working towards a goal, and celebrate those times that you can make time to practice.

The only thing that I can say is that consistency is key. It takes time to learn anything new, but the more consistent you are with your practice, the faster you will learn!

Now of course, the amount you need to practice depends on your goals. If your goal is to play with the New York Philharmonic within the year, I would recommend practising a *tiny* bit more than 15 minutes a day. But for an adult beginner who is learning for enjoyment, 15 minutes/day is usually a good compromise between manageable and ideal.

OK, I admit this was a fluffy post, but I’m just trying to get back into the blogging game after taking a bit of time off of writing. This was a “dipping my toe in the water” exercise… So hopefully next post will have a bit more meat. (No guarantees.)

Happy practising!


photo by: wwarby

Posted on February 16th, 2014 by sharlene


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