Practice Success: Kevin Olson's 3 Top Practice Strategies

​​​​​​​‘Sooo… I didn’t practice as much as I wanted this week….’

If you had a dollar for each time you heard that one, right?

Or  ‘But I played it perfectly at home!’

We know that consistent, effective practice is key in learning music. But it’s a lot easier said than done for many students.

Reviewing and introducing pieces, technique and activities take up the bulk of lesson time. There isn’t much time left to get into exactly how to practice, build good practice habits or find solutions when practice feels hard.

When your student sits on the bench at home do they know…

When to focus on sections or play a piece all the way through? 

What to do if they end up frustrated with a difficult section? 

How to self assess or do they build in habits with incorrect rhythms and notes?

How do you build practice independence?

It’s a skillset that’s built sequentially over time, just like note reading.

If you’ve felt these challenges with your students and you’re looking for solutions - we’ve got you covered.

​​​​​​​Get Tips to

  • Nurture efficient practice habits

  • Know which strategies to use for specific textures and challenges

  • Excite students about practicing (yes, we said it.)​​​​​​​

  • See students light up as they master more music faster

  • Tim Topham

    Your webinar host and founder of TopMusicCo, the world's biggest online community of independent music teachers. Tim has 20+ years’ classroom and music teaching experience including 10 years of music entrepreneurship. He's an internationally-recognised speaker, author, podcaster and blogger and holds degrees including an MBA, BMus and DipEd.

  • Kevin Olson

    Kevin Olson is an active pianist, composer, and member of the faculty at Utah State University where he has taught courses in piano literature, pedagogy, accompanying, music theory, commercial composition, rock and roll history, among many others. In addition to his collegiate teaching responsibilities, Kevin coordinates the piano program at Utah State University and oversees the Utah State University Youth Conservatory, which provides weekly group and private piano instruction to over a hundred and fifty pre-college community students.

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