Practicing on Lesson Days
Some people, as their own personal policy, do not practice on the day they have their lesson. I have heard of parents who excuse their kids from practicing on lesson days.
I never understood this practice. I like to practice on lesson days. Practicing before my lesson allows me to review my music one more time before I present it to my teacher; practicing after lessons allows me to apply my teacher's instructions and advice while they are still fresh in my mind. The only time I do not practice on lesson days is when I have events filling my schedule outside of my lesson, which I try to avoid.
I can almost understand why if you are a diligent practicer 6 days a week and you want to rest one day, your lesson day is a good day to do it because you are playing anyway. But I still find benefit in practicing on lesson days.
I don't see why it would hurt to practice on a lesson day, but it is certainly unrealistic to think you are going to cram everything in on that day before your lesson that you didn't do during the rest of the week. What you do sounds reasonable.
I think everyone has made excellent points. I only practice on lesson days when I feel it is absolutely necessary.
Considering I go straight from work to my lesson, there's no reasonable way for me to practice during the day prior.
I find that if I can get in even 30mins of practice before evening lesson, preferably right before lesson,it helps me start the lesson off on the ball so to say, as compared to me beginning a lesson cold. My lessons are right after work, so a little practice before hand helps to get my mind and body tuned in to the instrument and playing.
I agree with Skip. My lesson is only so long, and I'm paying for it. I don't want to spend part of my lesson time warming up. I'll warm up with bowing and scales, then maybe run through something that's been giving me problems to remind myself what I want to ask about in my lesson.
You're right on target, Helen!
Thanks Mr. Klayman! :)
I practice on lesson days as well, usually as soon as after my lesson. Even though I agree a lesson is a kind practice, the reason one should practice on lesson days is obvious to me: your teacher has given you so much during the lesson and it's most productive to review what you've learned in the lesson as soon as you can. The same with school work; review lecture notes after the lecture on the same day is more beneficial than waiting for a day or two to do so.
I would dearly love to be able to practice the same day as my lesson. I'd like to practice before AND after my lesson. But it's just not realistic in terms of time. Usually I cannot manage either.
Excellent point Yixi. As only a 3yr student, it took me a year before I found that practice as soon as possible after a lesson was very beneficial for me, as I would go over what I had at lesson while it was fresh on my mind, especially corrections or new technique pointers. I found my retention level rose appreciably. I'm not even referring to a full practice, generally about 30mins of review is sufficient to be noticeable for me.
I "practice" pre-lesson but hardly ever post-. My lesson day practices are more of reviews of what I practiced over the week so it's just running through spots and working out any additional kinks and tend to be much shorter than regular day practices. I'm usually out of steam at the end of lessons and tired practices seem to enforce bad practice habits at least for me, so I listen to the piece if I got something new and mark the score, or just not touch the instrument until the sun comes up again.
Practise on the the day of your lesson especially AFTERWARDS. That way you can take on and assimilate what you have learned in your lesson.
Practicing before a lesson is the last (and best) chance to decide what you want to bring up in the limited time you have. Ideally by that point in the week you already know what you made progress on and what is suffering, but sometimes a last check helps to really nail home what you want to tackle with your teacher or what questions you want to ask.
I usually practice before my lesson, but remain conscious not to push it to the point that my fingers might cramp up during the lesson. After lesson practice is more difficult to do if I have the lesson at night. By the time I drive the 45min back home, it's getting late for practice.
I would ideally like my daughter to do double practice on lesson day: one practice before lesson to be really prepared, and another practice after lesson to get started on whatever has been set while the lesson is fresh in her memory. But she doesn't like to have more than two playing sessions in one day, so we compromise and do one practice on lesson days.
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