Okay, so I’m excited to talk about practice expectations. Here’s what I have in my policy:
“For most of you, practice will not be a problem. However, a practice record will be given to each student to monitor and ensure progress. I expect each student to practice at least four times each week. This commitment will prove to your benefit and satisfaction. Parents, please make sure the student has a quality, tuned piano/keyboard to practice on, and a regular, uninterrupted time (or times) to practice. Learn to value practicing!”
Most of this speaks for itself. I think 15-20 minutes each session is more reasonable for the young beginner, but a 30 minute session can (and should) be expected from an older student, beginning or experienced, and by older I’m thinking 8 years & up.
(I’m in the process of making some fun practice records that I’ll share with you soon).
I choose to reward those students who go the extra mile and exceed expectations. A young student who practices more than what is expected automatically earns a prize out of the treasure box.
My older students can also earn a prize out of the treasure box, but they also have multiple goals (including the practice expectations) that if successfully accomplished throughout the year will earn them a composer statue at the end of a school year.
And YES, I have in fact terminated piano lessons before due to a student who failed to meet limited expectations. It’s obviously important to me though, too, that I ensure progress when parents are paying for the successful music education of their child.