north bay trumpet
(time may vary according to a student's
circumstances-particularly on a given day)
- Introductory level (30 min. a day-5 days a
- Intermediate level (45 min. a day-5-6 days a
- Advanced level (60 min. a day-6 days a week)
The issue should not be
"how long" but "how" we practice..."the
These recommendations are for thoughtful,
well-coordinated practice. It is always more meaningful to
practice less in a concentrated but free and easy fashion. Do not
attempt to "stamp a time card" when practicing. Keep
your musical goals foremost. Strive to accomplish these instead
of watching the clock. Do not practice when you are mentally or
physically fatigued. If you practice in this fashion, you will do
more harm than good by forming and reinforcing negative habits.
Pracitcing well involves staying out of this territory.
The practice should be divided
in to small equal units.
- One long practice session is not necessarily a
more efficient one.
- Student mental fatigue sets in after 20-30
- The student's ability to concentrate becomes
difficult to sustain at longer intervals.
- Student physical fatigue sets in after 20-30
- The student's ability to continue playing
physically diminishes at longer intervals
- Either of these conditions will only result in
the formation and solidification of poor habits of physical and mental
use and should be avoided.
- The minimum time increment students should
practice in regularly is one equal to the length of their weeklylesson.
- For example, if a student is taking a weekly
30 min. lesson, he or she should practice in two 15 min. sessions 5-6
days a week.
- If a student is taking a weekly 45 min.
lesson, he or she should practice in two 20 min. sessions or three 15
- If a student is taking a weekly 1 hour lesson,
he or she should practice in four 15 min. sessions, three 20 min.
sessions, or two 30 min. sessions.