The Art of Practicing
Parent support is crucial for the development of child’s music career. We reserve the right to reevaluate a family's eligibility for the program if we see lack of commitment to practicing and to developing their skills as a future pianists.
How to be a musical parent
Step 1: Read and sign all lesson contracts. (link)
Step 2: Explore recommended reading to understand your student's musical journey.
Step 3: Download and familiarize yourself with the music applications to help students with at home practice.
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*Some only available through certain countries
What to bring to lesson
Suzuki Piano Books (Level determined by teacher): Our main music material
Hanon Scale Book
Accordion Folder: used to organize previous and current practice charts, vocal music, extra worksheets.
Music Bag: used to contain all music lessons materials
Pencils and Erasers: Used to make notes and corrections on sheet music
Snack: Energy to help us focus on lessons!
Water: Important especially for singers to keep voice hydrated!
A Smile: A happy and enthusiastic energy for our music lessons goes a long way!
How to Practice at Home
Here are some guidelines that will enhance the learning process for the student, as well as build a learning partnership between student, teacher and parent.
1. Practice Chart
Every lesson the student receives a “Practice Chart”. This chart will be given to the student at the end of the lesson with remarks on the lesson and what to practice before next lesson. There is also a grid where students can mark when they practice each assignment. These charts can be extremely useful as it encourages daily practice, which is necessary for optimal success in lessons and exams.Utilize the “Practice Charts”. They act as a reminder of what was covered during the lesson, as well as access to the many resources provided.
Students/Parents should create a playlist in iTunes (or another mp3 library) titled “Music Lessons”. This will become a useful and valuable resource for acquiring, listening, practicing and reviewing with audio recordings. When students find music they are interested in learning they should purchase the song through iTunes, place it in the Music Lessons playlist and listen to it.
Students should create a computer-based folder for PDF files and digital “Music Lessons”.
In some cases I will be sending resources through email, please use the resources provided. I will be attaching PDF files of material, songs in the form of mp3’s and links to web/audio/video resources.
3. Create a Home Learning Environment/Area
In order to provide an appropriate learning environment, a quality instrument (weighted electric pianos and acoustic pianos), metronomes and writing materials will be provided during the lesson. Students should have a quality musical instrument and appropriate accessories (amplifier, microphone, mic stand, music stand, piano, piano bench) at home. I recommend buying or renting a real piano from Pianos Kleber at 20 rue Goethe. Please say hi for me if you visit them.
Students should have a designated practice area that is conveniently located and relatively distraction free...and somewhere that they like to be.
Try to find consistent times for playing. Practice sessions do not need to be long. 10-20 minutes of the right material can be effective but is the minimum. More time is always encouraged.
How to prepare for a performance
If a student is interested in auditioning for a particular performance opportunity or will be performing for a special event (School Jazz Band, gig, talent show, bar/bat mitzvah, battle of the bands, etc...), please obtain and relay audition pieces, requirements and deadlines. Please allow students enough time to prepare for these events and relay all pertinent information to the instructor as soon as possible. Preparation time for auditions and performances is crucial.
It is encouraged to have “practice performances” with an audience as much as possible before performances. Grandmothers and Grandfathers are notoriously excellent audience members, even over skype. Family pets can sometimes substitute for a lack of a human audience as well.
I will assist students in preparation for college auditions/admissions. I can give guidance in the areas of audition preparation, audition recordings and letters of recommendation when I am equipped with the appropriate information and sufficient preparation time.
Have fun dressing nicely. Let your recital or concert be an excuse to dress up fancy for fun.
It is extremely important not to talk or make noise while listening to other performers. The audience gets to respond to the music after the musician has acknowledged them with a bow or smile.
After everyone has performed you can congratulate each other and talk about the pieces. Remember everyone is on their own journey, there is no need to judge or criticize others. Discussion about music in general, difficulty of pieces, things enjoyed or challenges explored are encouraged.
Looking forward to a great year of music!