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 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 to 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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