Hello WCS students and families!
As the weeks of summer have progressed, I’ve noticed a slow but steady decline in the amount of practicing that seems to be going on – not from everyone! And if you’re one of the dedicated, consistent, slow-but-steady-wins-the-race kind of practicers – thank you! Your hard work does not go unnoticed!
But in general, a decline in practicing makes sense – it’s summer, and as much as we’d like to think that more free time equates to more practicing done, it’s often just the opposite. When we lose our daily habits and routines, it’s often hard to get ourselves moving and practice before the day goes by. This year, with the Coronavirus pandemic and necessitated Zoom learning going on, it’s all the harder to stay motivated.
So, here’s what I’d like to do – each and every student, from the time you read this post, commit yourselves to practicing every day for the next seven days. It’s not a lifetime sentence. It’s an injection of intentionality that can turn you around and kickstart your positive practicing habits.
What qualifies as practicing for the day? Well, ideally you’d spend roughly the same amount of time as your lesson length each day going over your practice assignments for that week, plus listening to your corresponding recordings. Shoot for that each day. But at the bare minimum, do 1/3 of your lesson length in order for the day to count as practicing. So if you have a 30-minute lesson, put in 10 solid, focused minutes. 45-minute lesson? 15-minutes, at minimum. 60-minutes? No less that 20 for the day to count.
If you’re incredibly busy, the day has flown by, it’s 9:55 p.m., and know you won’t be able to make the minimum, 5 minutes is still better than nothing. And remember, listening is the easiest way to make progress by far!