Practicing Leads to Success

Here are a few reasons why practicing is the most important task while taking piano lessons.

  1. You are investing money for your child’s piano education, so it’s important that you get a return on your investment –so to speak. The child will progress much more rapidly when they are reinforcing what they learned during their lesson.
  2. Practicing playing piano strengthens muscle memory and the ability to read ahead of their playing. Your fingers have muscles that need verification from your brain on which fingers to use individually for which keys. Once your fingers start learning a song, they get accustomed to playing individually and memorize where they’re supposed to go–hence muscle memory.
  3. Practicing music reading is important because it develops the brain. The brain is a muscle. It needs exercise. Understanding the note names is one way the mind grows in its ability. Teaching young children to read helps them develop their playing skills because using their muscle memory, they are able to read ahead and be prepared to play what’s coming next. It also helps them learn to listen to pitch and identify sounds.
  4. Reading music develops the creative side of people. Once children are given solid ground work with technique and ability, they are able to test the boundaries and create their own music compositions. They will be able to translate the sounds in their imagination onto paper in order to perform for people.
  5. Once a child learns a song well, the joy of playing piano is instilled in them and they are much more encouraged by their self progress to keep playing for themselves and others!

How to get your kids to practice:

  1. Write “Practice Piano” into your daily routine checklist.
  2. Build up practice time slowly into their schedule. Start with 10 minutes of practice every day for the first 5 weeks of piano lessons. Then move up to 15 minutes the next 5 weeks. Then 20…25…30…
  3. Build up reading slowly. Make it a goal to learn one new song on their assignment on a daily basis.
  4. Have students try the three time rule where they play each hand three times in a row without a mistake and then put the hands together. This practice is meant to improve discipline and accuracy. 
  5. Slow playing down for more frequent progress. Make sure there is a steady beat involved.

These are just some practice tips. Practice is the tool that will best deliver the results most students seek and should be treated as such. Practice doesn’t make perfect—practice makes permanent. For that reason and many others, parents/guardians must continue to encourage their children to practice effectively and often in order to reach their music goals! 

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Connie Mandrozos
Connie Mandrozos
03:43 27 Oct 19
My son has been taking piano lessons with Jessica for quite some time now. Jessica is always easy-going and kind and... encourages him to feel confident. She has a great sense of his learning style and always keeps things at his level, yet challenges him. I would highly recommend Jessica as an instructor, she is truly gifted and her passion for her job and students in evident. My son’s progress and love for the piano started with her.read more
Kari-Elise Codispoti
Kari-Elise Codispoti
21:32 22 Oct 19
Ms. Jessica is a wonderful teacher for our young (6 &8 years) children. They love going to lessons and have learned so... much in such a short time. I am really impressed with her ability to introduce musical concepts to them. We look forward to seeing how they grow as they progress in their lessons.read more
MB Twohig
MB Twohig
20:00 23 Sep 19
Me. Jessica is very supportive and encouraging during classes. She’s very good at adapting to my learning needs and... letting me learn at my own pace! I have no past experience and she has been great!read more
ashley born
ashley born
14:48 19 Sep 19
Excellent and caring teacher! Ms. Jessica works great with my 9 year old son and even engages with my 2 year old... daughter regularly. Highly recommend! Jessica also donated her time and talent playing the piano for the 2019 United Way Red, White & Chocolate fundraising event. It was so appreciated!read more
Sydney Bigelow
Sydney Bigelow
22:37 10 Sep 19
I love Miss Jessica! I am a ninth grade student and this is my third year, and she does a great job working and... adapting to different skill levels. She makes sure that each lesson is entertaining and helping the student to grow. Definitely would recommend!read more
Naj Nakad
Naj Nakad
18:16 04 Sep 19
Jessica is a very kind, patient and encouraging piano teacher. My girls have learned so much in only a year and... performed so confidently and beautifully at their first piano recital. Jessica praises and rewards her students and every lesson is always fun and a positive experience!!!read more
Clifford Rios
Clifford Rios
20:02 07 Aug 19
Very effective teacher for our 6 yr old daughter. Teaches at an age-appropriate level and I was very impressed to see... all the beginner children okay so well at recital after just a year of lessons. Highly recommend for anyone looking to have child try piano.read more
Mahesh VP
Mahesh VP
23:33 15 Jul 19
Jessica Versland was recommended to us by one of our friends who has been sending her daughter to Versland Studios for... piano sessions. Our son has been taking piano lessons from Jessica since January 2019 and we are super impressed with her teaching skills. Jessica is very organized, and always focuses on building the foundation right for her students. She makes her session very interactive and enjoyable for the students so that they truly build the passion for playing piano. Jessica sets manageable daily practice goals for her students so that her students take full advantage of the program. Within a span of 5 months, our son was ready to perform at a recital program. Jessica is an excellent piano teacher and I will strongly recommend Jessica to anyone looking for piano lessons.read more
Parri Hockenberry
Parri Hockenberry
14:14 05 Jul 19
We’ve had a wonderful experience with Jessica over the past year. Our girls are thriving during their time with... Jessica and are learning how to read music, play scales, and even performed their favorite song at the end of the year recital. We look forward to continuing their music education into the future.read more
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