How do you find time to practice now that you are in the full swing of things? There are exams to study for, homework to do, other activities, sleep and work or school classes. Scheduling practice time is essential to quality practice and to actually doing it! You will notice your progress faster.
-So, MAKE the time! Schedule it into your planner. Put it in your mental and physical to do lists!
-WRITE DOWN what you need to accomplish EVERYDAY. Add PRACTICE TIME as a priority on that list and know that it is something you will enjoy.
- Make PRACTICE a BREAK from other things.
** If you know you want to study for your math test for 2 hours, schedule a 1 hour study
session. PRACTICE as a BREAK and then go back to your homework.
** Do your English homework and then PRACTICE before going to soccer.
** PRACTICE while you are waiting for mom to take you to an activity
** Mentally PRACTICE on the long bus ride or before you go to sleep
(this helps with MEMORIZING music)
Figure out how it works best into your schedule and your lifestyle. Does it relax you and serve as a wind down to the day? Does it get your brain working better and spawn good studying? This will tell you when it will be the most productive for you. Then schedule it at the SAME TIME and SAME LOCATION. Using practice sessions in this way help you to manage your time.
Scheduling practice time gives you the MOTIVATION to do it. Set GOALS and a plan of action for each practice session to maximize your practice time. Now that you have time blocked out to practice, find out how to make the MOST of that PRACTICE time in next week's blog and in "Practice Makes Perfect" by Michelle Latour in Classical Singer September 2013.
**Keep a log of how and when you get practice in to share next week!