Let’s be real: everyone knows that regular piano practice is the key to improving. But it’s also true that scheduling practice everyday is not always an easy task, especially if you don’t have time to sit down at a piano. Good news! It is possible to practice piano without a piano! Here are three easy ways to fit in daily practice, no matter where you are.
Listen to a Current Piece
Listening to a recording of a current piece is super helpful when learning something new. And thanks to the magic of the internet there are often performances (posted by students, teachers, and composers) available on YouTube.
Search YouTube for the name of your lesson book or the name of the piece, and there’s a good chance you’ll find at least one recording.
To make this type of practice even more effective:
- Follow along with the sheet music as you listen
- Compare different recordings (if you can find more than one) and see which elements you like best in each
Play a Music Game on an iPad or Tablet
There are lots of practical apps that help with rhythm, learning notes, scales, and music theory. Check out the links below to find out about some of my favourite music apps:
Complete Theory Worksheets
Learning about music theory helps to make sense of the rules and patterns of music. Students may have theory books to work through, or theory worksheets to complete between lessons.
If you’d rather use worksheets on an iPad or tablet (instead of printing them out), then check out this post for details. Bonus: there are a couple of free theory worksheets you can download too!
Are you looking for more ways to help your child with their piano practice? Then definitely check out the Piano Parents Crash Course!
With this quick and easy course you’ll learn:
- How to understand the building blocks of music
- How to help your child when they get stuck
- How (and why!) to set your child up for success with great practice habits
With easy-to-follow written lessons, short videos, printable cheat sheets, plus bonus resources, the Piano Parents Crash Course will give you all the tools you need to help your child get the most out of their piano lessons.
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