Drowning in homework—send help!
My teacher took it easy for a bit during exam season...
Now he's dropped heaps Bach, études, exercises and repertoire on me all at once!
I'm not stressing for time here—not like I have any performances coming up. However, I want to progress as efficiently as possible and move on to as much material as possible to get the most out of my lessons (we're not all made of cash, we violinists).
If I dedicated the usual amount of time to each item, it would simply be far too exhausting. Probably something like 6 and a half hours a day, and I just can't do that. So, how do I break this up? Slowly chip at each one for a few minutes each day, or dedicate each day of the week to specific item? What works for you?
This suggests there's something wrong with the efficiency of your practice. What's the material and how are you tackling it?
warm-ups, exercises, scales, arpeggios, one etude per week, can limited to one hour. Solo repertoire: one more hour. I made good progress during middle and high school with one hour per day, six days a week. I considered it to be a break from my other homework; math, science, etc. When I tried 3 hours a day I found it to be counter-productive, the third hour was mostly wasted, by fatigue.
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Lydia, he said that he has been given too much homework, not that there's something wrong with him or his practice...
I get it Cotton. My teacher gives me a lot to work on between lessons, and somehow I manage to get it all done with a very limited practice schedule. (I wish I had 2-3 hours a day to practice, alas I do not! Adult amateur with a full time job, and an additional part time job, here.)
Tobias, assuming his teacher is competent, his teacher isn't assigning him work that assumes 6.5 hours of practice time a day. The fact that he believes that it takes that much time suggests that he is committing some form of error in practice structure. The fact that he's asking for help suggests that he realizes that his approach is not properly time-optimized.
Lydia, I feel you have the habit of assuming instead of respecting what others write.
I suggest you just prepare what you can through reasonable effort, go to your lesson, and have the conversation depending on his or her appraisal of your progress.
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