How to Motivate Music Students to Practice
What can be done to override this dilemma?
If and when the student embraces this concept, then the issues of hard work; discipline and determination become self-motivators. This philosophy also applies to younger students, too. With constant reinforcement and guidance by their teachers on a daily or weekly basis, they become indoctrinated to this mindset and will achieve beyond their expectations.
Tips for Practicing Music
- Incorporate music that is shorter in duration and fun to play into your practice routine. Not every song has to be overly difficult and long. Build your repertoire (memorized pieces) with a cross-section of selections that vary in degrees of complexity. Playing music that you are innately attracted to in various styles and idioms will also motivate you to learn that piece and many others like it.
- Pick some songs that enable you to improvise (use your creativity to manipulate the songs harmonic, melodic and rhythmic parameters). This will also enhance your enjoyment of practicing and making music and may rejuvenate you.
- Play some duets with another instrumentalist or vocalist. Practicing with others can be very invigorating. Remember: music is a communicative art form that is best shared with others.
- Audio or video tape yourself practicing. It’s not only fun to watch and/or listen to yourself practicing, but it’s also an invaluable educational experience.