JOYFUL SOUNDS STUDIO - PIANO, GUITAR AND FLUTE LESSONS

SEPTEMBER 2018 
JOYFUL SOUNDS PIANO STUDIO 
NEWSLETTER
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PRACTICE NEST—5 ways piano parents 

can improve home practice.

1. When choosing a location for your piano, select a space that is lived-in, welcoming, and well-lit. Keep it close to “the action”

 but not in the action. Your children will gravitate to the piano more often if it is in a central place in your home. Avoid bedrooms, 

basements and other “put away” places. Feeling shut-off from the family while practicing will inevitably lead to a reluctance to spend time on the piano.

While choosing an appropriate space, also consider the noise factor; not only from the piano, but also from your family’s day-to-day 

activities. Your children want to be close by, but not competing with noise from TV’s, dishwashers and washing machines.

2. Make the space warm and welcoming. Your children will be encouraged to spend upwards of 30 minutes every day in this

 space. Is it a happy place to be for this amount of time? Small adjustments to lighting and heating can make a world of difference. 

 out places with natural light and    ensure it is a cheerful and welcoming space that will encourage your child to visit the piano often 

for their own enjoyment.

3. Ensure your children have all required materials at hand. Help your children put together a small basket or bin of everything 

they may need for home practice. Pens, pencils, highlighters, and post-it notes will give your children a sense of organization that will

 then spill over into their practice  habits. Your children will also need adequate lighting to see their music, and a comfortable bench at the

correct height to practice comfortably and correctly.

 4. Make the “Practice Nest” a communal space.  Children of any age appreciate company while they practice.

 Having a chair, couch, beanbag chair or pillows nearby where family members will be inclined to sit, listen 

and enjoy the music immediately sets the tone for happy time on the piano. Encourage siblings to stop by and listen

 quietly, and allow yourself even just 10 minutes to sit and listen with undivided   attention each time your

 children practice. A set-up that is conducive to including the family in home practice will encourage everyone 

involved to make piano practice an activity the entire family can be a part of. 

5. Set the stage for organization. Ensure your children’s practice space is  uncluttered and organized. 

Clear out old sheet music and books from the piano bench, use a magazine organizer to hold current

 and favorite materials, and minimize knickknacks and other distractions from the top of the piano.

If you can, avoid having the piano room do “double-duty” for laundry, toys and other clutter.

 Having the books your children need at their fingertips reliably ensures that no time is spent searching for 

lost or crumpled music. Get into the habit of placing the  piano books in their             

 appropriate space immediately after each piano lesson so they are ready and waiting.

Plus one more! Adding small surprises to your children’s practice nest (fresh flowers, a hand-written note 

of encouragement, a small treat, a new sticker pad, a special pen etc.) helps to show that you value the

 time they are spending on the piano and that you appreciate their efforts and dedication.  

Preserving the 

“specialness” of their practice space encourages positive feelings towards their home music time.”… 

make it clear that you deeply value music education and in turn they will rise to the occasion.


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