My approach to inspiring piano practice has always been to begin with my students… giving them the tools that they need to learn independently, the music that they are excited to play, and the goals that they are pumped to work towards. This combo usually works wonders… usually.
But sometimes, regardless of my best efforts, home piano practice still doesn’t happen.
I feel badly for my little students who come in and scrunch their faces into a “I don’t know what happened… I wanted to practice but I didn’t…” frown. When you’re 7 years old, the weeks can go by in a blur of school, soccer, cheerios and bedtimes. Despite the best of intentions, some students and their families need an extra bit of help to make practice happen.
In today’s post we’re sharing a helpful practice printable for parents that you can send home with any students who are struggling to make home practice a regular habit.
A Piano Practice Handout For Parents
Whenever I notice that one of my students has come in having missed practice for more than one week I know it’s time to nip the problem in the bud. Letting it ride for more than 2 weeks inevitably results in my students becoming discouraged by a lack of progress… which then leads to a reluctance to come to lessons.
So, when I have a student in a practice funk I leap over to my trusty laptop, print off this Piano Practice Handout For Parents, and send it on home. Feel free to use the text within the document to create a handout that suits your own personal style and needs.
Note: This handout doesn’t have to be used as a response to a problem only… it also works wonders as a start-of-year handout for ALL of your piano students.
Hope you can put it to good use!
More Tips For The “Piano Practice Problem”
The tips in the handout above were taken from a collection of several different piano practice posts we have written over the years. These posts have a ton of good stuff. You can check them out here: