Why You Should be Practicing
In today’s drum lessons we’re going to discuss why you should be practicing and discover the benefits of regular practice sessions to improve your playing.
Many parents and students alike believe that just by simply signing their students up for music lessons, they will become better at their instrument. True! But the time and resources spent on these lessons are gone to waste without practicing taking place between lessons.
Reasons why you should be practicing
We know from many studies that the brain learns things best through consistent repetition. Lots and lots and LOTS of repetition. With drums, the body must also learn the movement patterns to play the instrument. If the only time that the student is playing the instrument is during the lesson, the brain and the body have not received enough consistent repetition of the learned concepts to truly engrain them into the student’s playing. This will ultimately cause your student to learn at a much slower pace than the other students who incorporate practice into their week.
Don’t create limitations
A lack of practice will severely limit the number of concepts that will be able to be discussed during the lesson. We all know that everyone has busy lives. However, it is more efficient to practice 10 min a day, than to practice 60 minutes one day a week. The consistency of the practice is what makes it more beneficial to the brain and body. Everyone can commit to making the small amount of time to practice!
Lessons are an investment
You, as the parent, are paying a lot of money for these lessons! On top of that, you (and your child) are committing a lot of time to attend the lessons. It is unlikely that, for example, you would hire a math tutor but then not have your child do any math homework during the week. Why should music lessons be approached any differently? If you think of the music lessons as an investment, you won’t be able to see the full reward of that investment without time committed to the craft.
The better you get, the better it gets
Music is more fun the better you get at your instrument! Through practice, the student will improve at a faster rate, and will be able to enjoy making music that much more. Music lessons won’t feel like an obligation, but rather an enjoyable experience in making music and improving.
So, take the time during the week to begin to incorporate a practice routine. You (and your student) will immediately start seeing the rewards from your efforts!