How much time do you really need to practice piano?
The time needed to practice and making good progress varies greatly with each individual.
But it is a fact that a certain number of practice hours are required to reach any skill level, and to reach a good level of piano playing- you simply need to put in the time!
Simply put-less time means slower progress, and too little practice means no progress at all!
Read on for straight recommendations about the minimum time needed for piano practice to make a steady progress from a young child to adult.
Time spent practicing should be quality practice. This means:
How much time you should practice also depends on age and skill level.
Here are my recommendations regarding the approximate age of the child and skill level:
Level: Young Beginner A (5-6 yrs)
Start with a few minutes and gradually up to 15 min. /day
Level: Young Beginner B (6-7 yrs)
20 min. / day. Preferably divided in two 10 min. sessions.
Level: Preparatory A
(Approx. 7 yrs old) 30 min. / day. Preferably divided in two 15 min. sessions.
Level: Preparatory B
(Approx. 8 yrs old) 40 min. / day. Preferably divided in two 20 min. sessions.
Level 1: Early Elementary
(Approx. 9 yrs old) 45 min. / day. Preferably divided in three 15 min. sessions.
Level 2: Elementary
(Approx. 10 yrs old) 45 min. / day. Preferably divided in three 15 min. sessions.
Level 3: Late Elementary
(Approx. 11 yrs old) 1 hr. / day. Preferably divided in three 20 min. sessions.
Level 4: Early Intermediate
(Approx. 12 yrs old) 1 hr. / day. Preferably divided in three 20 min. sessions.
Level 5: Intermediate
(Approx. 13 yrs old) 1 1/2 hr. / day. Divided like this: 10 min. warm up, 20 min practice, 5 min. break, 25 min. practice, 5 min. break, 25 min. practice. Or divide during the day.
Level 6: Late Intermediate
(Approx. 14 yrs old) 1 1/2 hr. / day. Divided as above.
Level 7: Early Advanced
(Approx. 15 yrs old) 2 hrs. /day. Divided in two sessions at different times like this:
Session 1: 10 min. warm up, 20 min practice, 5 min. break, 25 min. practice.
Session 2: 25 min practice, 5 min. break, 25 min. practice, 5 min. break.
Level 8: Advanced
(Approx. 16+ yrs old) 2 hrs. / day. Divided as above.
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