Students range in age and ability quite a bit, from 4-year-old beginners to high school students and advanced or novice adult musicians. If we were to pick one factor that predicts success at the piano, regardless of age and level, it would be this:
A Regular practice time that is adhered to at least 5 days a week is the best way to ensure progress. For example 30 minutes at 3:30, Monday through Friday. Obviously, this is just an example. Make your practice timework for your schedule. These days, people are busier than ever and can be difficult to find time for practice. If you can’t dedicate 30 minutes, ten-minute increments of practice more often can be just as beneficial. It becomes automatic and doesn’t seem like a task at all. If you can also make it fun and have a goal to play a piano piece to family and friends.
It is also vital that you or your child enjoys playing:
Play pieces you like! You should never be afraid to discuss pieces and styles with your instructor. After all, these are your lessons and they should be all about you! Our instructors are amongst the most educated and versatile out there. They are chalk full of a plethora or songs, pieces and styles of piano playing and will definitely be able to help pick the right one for you or your child!
If you’re a parent, you can add a few more crucial elements:
Set aside time for your child’s practice so that you can be involved. After school but before dinnertime is a popular and affective time to do so. Fix them a quick after school snack and then hit the keys! Encouragement plays an important role. Of course, you also have to make sure that you do not overlook any mistakes that your child does while playing the piano. Bad habits are hard to break. So better start them early with the correct hand positions, posture, etc. But make sure that the way you discipline them won’t scare the children away. Otherwise, they might be too scared to play the piano again. After all, this is supposed to be an educational AND fun hobby.
Call us today for more information or to get registered at 402-515-9639. Or visit our website at www.omahaschoolofmusicanddance.com!