At Windworks, we recommend that about 10 minutes multiplied by your grade is an appropriate amount of practice to do each day. (So, beginners & grade 1 students should do about 10 minutes daily, grade 2 students should do 20 minutes daily and so on.)
Remember that the quality and frequency of practice is more important than the duration. A practice session should always include a warm-up, with tone exercises, some technical work (scales, studies, finger drills etc) and then working on the specific issues in your repertoire. Simply playing through your pieces isn’t really productive practice. If you’re unsure about effective practice methods, please talk to your teacher or contact me to give you some ideas!
Many of our older students use an online “practice log” which is available through the studio management software we use. If you don’t already access this and would like a password and details on how to use it, please let me know. The advantage of this method is that our staff can see new entries that students make every day and give feedback and encouragement between lessons. It also calculates weekly practice averages and graphs etc which some students find very motivating.
How parents can help with practice...
You don’t need to have a musical background or any musical knowledge at all to help your child with their practice. Just encouraging and supporting their efforts at home is a huge help! Here are a few ideas you may like to experiment with at home...