A question I get a lot, from both my young students, and from my adult students as well, is “How much should I practice each day?”
My answer: “As much as possible!” 🙂 But not mindlessly, but mindfully.
Truly, there isn’t enough time in the day to practice, or to do everything we want to do. I guess it boils down to priorities.
Especially for working adults.
Whatever you can do, do it. Even if it’s just 30 minutes a day, make it 30 minutes every day to start (and try to work up to 45–60 minutes, if you can). Establishing a routine is critical for success.
How much do I practice? My goal is an hour in the morning, and an hour at night, as these are the times I am the most focused. And I do entirely different activities during these sessions. I also squeeze in mini-sessions (10–15 minutes) of practice on breaks between students during the day. (Piano is my living, so I have more time for it.)
But there is a way to practice. And that is, as the article below discusses, deliberately. Personally, if I am not focused, I just leave the piano. After over 40 years at the piano, I still work on passages slowly and repetitively. I analyze what I am doing: and since I’m a very analytical person, I enjoy this work and look forward to it, at every practice session. If you find you are frustrated or not focused, get up and take a break, or come back later.
Ok, I gotta run, time to practice!
The below article is a great read on this very subject: