Want Massive Success in Music Lessons?

The Answer is Routine Practice!

You’ve enrolled in music lessons because you know how awesome it is for your youngster to learn music. This is a massive win! But now you’re faced with the weekly dilemmas: Is my kid practicing?

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It’s a big one. We’ve all heard stories of the kids who tried piano lessons and quit. Maybe we even lived that story ourselves. But at Miistro, we’re here to equip you to avoid that tragic story, and steer you towards success instead. Sound good? Thought so!

The secret ingredient is ROUTINE. When we build a practice session on a familiar set of building blocks, our student will always know what to expect and they’ll know the targets to hit. And so will you. No shooting in the dark. Only progress, encouragement, and good vibes!

Here are 5 building blocks you can use to make sure that every time your youngster sits down to play, they’re also sitting down to win!

Set a REALISTIC amount of time for music practice

Between homework, chores and good old-fashioned play time, kids have some serious demands on their time. When it comes to practicing music, ages 7 and under can play for 15 minutes. Ages 8 to 10, shoot for 20 minutes. And for kids 11 and up, get them to play for a half hour or more.

And while daily practice is best, give them one day off a week to rest!

Practice at the SAME TIME every day

You know how you feel a little “off” all day if you don’t get that morning coffee or mid-day workout? It helps to know what’s coming, and your young musician is no different. It might take some time to find out when’s best, but find a time of day for practice and stick to it. Try right after school, before dinner, or half way through homework.

One thing though: Avoid late night practicing because your little guy or gal is going to be burnt out from the day.

Practice the parts you DON’T KNOW

It’s fun to be good at something! Parents, that’s why we stick to the same baking recipes and classic video games, right? But your young Mozart won’t improve if she keeps playing the songs she already knows. Pay attention and make sure they start their practice sessions playing the pieces and skills they have yet to learn.

Then let them play the fun stuff at the end as a reward!

Keep a LOG of practice sessions

This is big one. At the end of every practice session, answer 3 questions in a notebook:

  1. What did I feel good about?

  2. What was I bummed out about?

  3. How can I feel better about the bummer thing next time?

Keeping a log does a few things: It teaches your student to think about his or her own progress, it teaches them critical thinking in a major way, and it makes sure that they always go into their next practice session with a solid plan. That’s huge!

Keep it POSITIVE

Practice is hard work! Just like you’re tempted to skip a workout session or awkward family gathering, your young musician isn’t always going to be in the mood to work on his instrument. That’s why it’s crucial to keep the topic of music practice in “the happy zone.” Praise them for working hard on this valuable skill. Ask to hear what they’ve working on, and be patient! If something’s challenging, ask them what about it is challenging. If you notice they’re crushing practice lately, celebrate them with a little treat or hidden note!


These five strategies are going to set your student up for some serious success in music lessons this school year. We know life is busy and you might not always get all of this right. That’s OK. Give yourself some grace and come back to these strategies for a fresh start. Your young musician wants to succeed and you have the power to help them!

Happy practicing!

-Zach & The Miistro Blog Team


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