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5 Ways to Sneak Violin Practice into Your Busy Schedule


One of the greatest challenges that every musician/violinist faces is how to find or create enough time to practice violin. Busy parents with young students may try to fit practicing into their family’s program.

Here are some recommendations to make life easier!


1. Be consistent.

Pick a time daily that is designated for violin practice. For kids in school, practicing immediately you arrive home from school before you do your assignment, can be a good approach. Another good time is right after supper. It’s good to practice violin before many other matters can distract you.

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2. Schedule your violin practice time.

In case you have a planner or a diary program that you use on your computer, make an arrangement with yourself for practice, and set cues so that you don’t forget. I prefer to set alarms on my phone or computer for an extra level of prompting!


3. Break up your practice blocks.

According to physical therapists advice, it’s not suitable to play for more than 20 – 30 minutes continuously. So, set a timer, then take a rest or pause, and then get back to it. If your aim is to practice 90 minutes during the day, you can do it in triple 30-minute blocks. This does it easier to concentrate and easier to fit in a daily busy schedule. Adult students can practice violin in three 10 minute sections for a total of 30 minutes in a day.

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4. Set objectives.

Set daily, medium, and long-term goals. For instance, when I was taking my graduate auditions, my long-term object was to get into a graduate school. My average or medium goal was to study the whole initial movement of the Tchaikovsky concerto. My everyday goal was to acquire the 2-3 pages of the concerto that I committed myself. Setting goals-assists you remember why you’re practicing violin.


5. Make a plan.

I believe that the excellent way to practice violin is to make a plan as soon as you complete the previous day’s practicing plan. It’s much more fruitful than just opening your violin bag and going, “Well, what do I have to do today?” check over your notes from your last exercise with your teacher. Think about what you practiced and what you would like to improve on tomorrow. Also, approximate how much time each session will take you. This way, you know precisely how much time to fit in your schedule for practicing violin.


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