How much practice is necessary?
Regular home practice is essential for student success. Students are expected to get five days of FULL practice each week. In the event of vacations, illness, etc., students can practice extra to make up for missed practice sessions. Parental involvement in home practice is crucial for student success. Please help your student to establish and stick to a practice routine, and see that practice time is free of distractions. If you are the parent of an elementary age student, please plan to sit with your child for at least a portion of their daily practice time.
The following recommendations serve as a guide to achieve satisfactory results based on your child’s age. Of course, to achieve excellent results, students should expect to practice 1.5 to 2 times as much as listed below.
4-6 years old: 10-20 minutes / every other day to 5 days a week
7-8 years old: 20-25 minutes / at least 5 days a week
9-11 years old: 25-30 minutes / at least 5 days a week
12-14 years old: 30-45 minutes / at least 5 days a week
15 and older: 45-60 minutes / at least 5 days a week