Piano Progress Report
tips, ideas, inspiration
Using a kitchen timer twice a day. There have been times in my children's lives when they would run through their piano pieces, but they would not polish them, or pay attention to detail, or repeat them. So piano practice would take about 6 minutes. When I see that starting to happen I get out my kitchen timer and set it for 15 minutes. I look at the list of assignments, and make sure each one is being repeated several times. Then, later in the day, I again set it for 15 minutes. This "distributed practice" works much better than long sessions, and I would recommend this for any school work, especially things like times tables or other memorization work.
Giving a mini-recital. The most important factor in getting kids to practice is having parents who like to listen to their kids play. So I urge you to listen, and make comments such as "I love hearing you play!" A few times a year I talk my kids into make up programs and giving mini-recitals for Bill and me. But it doesn't have to be this formal. Simply asking them a few times a week to play one of their pieces does wonders for motivation.