​​​Cynthia Schultz
Piano and Harp Lessons &
Notes to Grow On! Preschool Music Classes


"Thank you so much for teaching me piano. I am having so much fun doing private lessons with you. I am looking forward to the next concert."

Cynthia Schultz​
​Piano ~ Harp ~ Preschool Music Classes
707-816-0473
P.O. Box 2241, Benicia, CA 94510
​www.cindysnotes.com



KEEP IN MIND THAT GREAT MUSICIANS ARE A RESULT OF HARD WORK AND NOT TALENT ALONE!




Practicing


Of course practicing is a must, but for how long?  This will vary depending on the age of the student.


Here are some important tips:



  • ​Be responsible for getting the practice started. Some children will take it upon themselves to practice but most children will need to be reminded
  • ​Together with your child set a regular, daily practice time. Consistent practice is essential for musical growth and enjoyment
  • Show interest in what your child is playing! Make positive, encouraging comments. If your child knows you like the music they will be more inspired to play! I have found this is so important.
  • Become accustomed to repetition and when the music is more advanced, practicing the same repertoire over long periods.


   When thinking about repetition there is a Chinese saying that comes to my mind:

“If you want to see something new, walk the same path everyday.” 


For the very young student:

  • Repeating each song or exercise 5 times will be the goal (hopefully correctly playing the songs!) Very young children are task oriented and this gives them a goal to work towards.
  • Parental involvement is essential for success. Young children do not understand what practicing is and how to practice and will need more guidance. 


As students mature, more effective practicing is necessary. 

  • Listening for problem spots and isolating these spots for more detailed practicing
  • The exact length of time will vary per student and we will discuss this during the lessons
  • It seems that everyone has busy schedules and I have found that short practice times can be effective.  If you only have 5-10 minutes, that is okay, especially if you can do this 2 times a day (3 would be even better!).  It is better to practice for short periods than not at all!

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Please do not cancel lessons due to lack of practice.  Once in a while a week is so crazy that you do not have time to practice.  This is okay; it will provide us with a great opportunity to work on sight reading skills, ear training and/or theory activities.














  Ideas on how to encourage and support your child's musical progress:


    Encourage your child to play for family and friends


    Offer compliments and encouragement regularly


     Expose your child to a wide variety of music, including concerts and recitals


     Encourage your child to talk with you about the music their playing and their lessons


    Allow your child to review songs they enjoy for part of their practice time.  This could be a good     

       warm up before getting into the lesson assignment


     Listen to your child practice and acknowledge improvement


     Encourage your child to make a minimum two year commitment to the piano