My daughter keeps track of her daily practice time so she can hand it in to her orchestra teacher because they give out prizes for students that practice at least 24 days a month.
My daughter practices over an hour almost every single day and she is working up to two hours a day. Today her orchestra teacher asked her why it was so easy for her to practice every day. She said, “Because my mother makes me.”
That’s not really true.
I decided a long time ago that I was never going to fight with my children to practice instruments. That’s why it took me so long to really get my children into music. We tried lessons off and on but, like typical humans, they didn’t want to practice so it was mostly off.
Until almost two years ago.
The truth is that I can’t make anyone in my house learn an instrument and I can’t make anyone practice. Except myself. All of us play because we want to.
Someday I will write a book about how I made that happen but for now I will give you one small tip.
The real reason it is so easy for us to practice every day is because we don’t put our violins away.
In their cases that is.
We keep our violins on shelves in the living room so they are alway out and ready to go at a moments notice. I wouldn’t play half as often if I had to drag my violin out of a case every time I wanted to use it.
It’s a good thing violins are so nice to look at.
i also keep my beautiful guitar on a shelf way up high so little monkey’s can’t reach it. It gets played half as much as my violin does but half is better than none.
So there you go. That’s our big secret.
Now it’s time for me to go practice.