Sometimes, remembering to practice your instrument outside of lessons can be difficult. But, as your teacher has told you, practice is essential if you want to see improvements! Here are some tips to make practicing a stress-free habit:
- Set a reminder in your phone. Are you always home by 7pm? Try creating an alarm for 7:15pm to remind you to practice your instrument each evening.
- Create a mini music room in your house. Having an environment conducive to practicing can go a long way. Set up your instrument, a music stand, your practice materials, etc all in a certain space. Knowing that you have a dedicated location could encourage you to practice more often.
- Ask your family for support. Utilize your support network, and ask your siblings/parents/children to remind you to practice if they don’t hear you playing at a certain time. You can also perform your exercises for them!
- Have fun while practicing. Learning a new skill is exciting, and practice should be too! Enjoy the time that you get to work on your exercises, knowing that they are ultimately there to help you improve.
- Think of practice as meditation. Playing your instrument is a great stress-reliever. The time you spend practicing can function as a period for self-reflection, and a chance to unwind from a long day.
- Practice with friends. If there is a challenging piece or exercise that you are working on, try inviting a classmate over to practice together. Use the incredible relationships you form with the Fox Music community to your advantage!
- Take breaks if you start to feel tired or overwhelmed. Again, practice should be enjoyable and fun! If you think you might need a rest, take a few minutes to regain your composure, and remember your passion for music.
- Keep a practice journal. After you practice, try writing down how you felt and how you improved that day. These reflections may come in handy later on if you want to look back on how much you have progressed.
- Set goals and record your ambitions. Decide what you hope to accomplish, and write it down. As you practice, you can look at these goals and measure your progress. Plus, you can always modify and set new goals as you advance!