by Isbah Shahjee
As an orchestra kid in elementary to middle school and now currently a high school junior piano student at Valotta Studios, I do my best to practice as often as I can. When I was younger, It was hard for me to remember to practice when I had so much on my plate. But now that I’m older, I’ve figured out ways that help me make time for my instrument that might help you too!
- Set Goals
Setting goals is a great way to get yourself to practice. For example, try to get yourself playing a few measures of a piece each day. Being consistent is important and it will allow you to improve your playing!
- Learn Songs You Like
I’ve realized that when I’m learning a piece that I’m familiar with and enjoy, I feel self-motivated to want to learn it and be better at it. It’s so satisfying when you master learning a song that you love! Any student just needs to talk to their teacher about learning a song they like to listen to, whether it be a song from a movie you like to watch or something from a video game soundtrack. At my last recital I played the Song of Healing from The Legend of Zelda and I had a lot of fun!
- Watch Videos of People Performing Your Instrument
Watching others play music beautifully inspires me to play my own instrument. Having something to look up to can help push yourself to practice and improve your own playing. When I need motivation to practice, I enjoy watching TwoSetViolin’s youtube videos! Their videos are very funny and remind me how enjoyable learning an instrument is.
- Take Breaks
When you find yourself stuck on a measure and getting frustrated, try taking a break and come back to it later. If you push yourself to keep playing the same section of a song over and over, it can be tiring, so get a glass of water, have a snack and relax a bit before trying again.
- Have Fun!
Learning an instrument is a great hobby and has many benefits. Practicing your instrument is a very fun and rewarding experience so try your best to enjoy playing! If you’re stressing over a song, highlight the measures you’re stuck on and ask your teacher for help at your next lesson. Always strive to grow and improve!
Learning an instrument is something that takes a lot of effort, but it’s a very beneficial experience and it’s amazing seeing yourself get better at playing. Practicing is the key to improve so I hope these tips will help you practice more often like they did for me!