What is practice math? Kim practices 10 minutes a day and Rachel puts in 60 minutes a day.
…and a year goes by.
Now let’s compare experiences.
Kim is having the time of his life, he’s learned a few pieces, played in a recital, showed off to his non-playing friends.
Rachel is also having the time of her life, she’s learned a few pieces well, played in a recital to great family fanfare, and showed off to her non-playing friends.
They are both a success. Everyone is happy, including the piano teacher, because there was clarity of purpose explicitly communicated by parents to the teacher and the child at the commencement of lessons.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.