My last blog post focused on the amount of time it takes to learn to play the piano. I had some thought-provoking comments on this post (a couple of pianist friends reckon 30 years and they make a valid point).
This little chart suggests the time required to make real progress in your piano playing and it seems to be good advice:
1 60-minute Practice per Week = 2 Months Progress in 12 Months
1 30-minute Practice per Day = 6 Months Progress in 12 Months
1 45-minute Practice per Day = 12 Months Progress in 12 Months
1 60-minute Practice per Day = 15 Months Progress in 12 Months
1 90-minute Practice per Day = 24 Months Progress in 12 Months
2 Hours Practice per Day = 36 Months Progress in 12 Months
So if you can devote this amount of time to your piano practice every day then you should see real progression in your playing.
Little children really don’t need to spend too much time at the piano; it is better that they are kept interested in music generally and maybe practice for 10-15 minutes per day. It’s all about keeping them focused and making it fun.
For older children, teenagers and adults, it’s a tricky balance between spending enough time working on the more mundane aspects of playing (scales, technical work etc.) whilst keeping inspired and interested. If you can motivate yourself to do this, you will have won the practice battle! Good luck.
For much more information about practising repertoire, take a look at my two-book piano course, Play it again: PIANO (Schott). Covering a huge array of styles and genres, 49 progressive pieces from approximately Grade 1 – 8 are featured, with at least two pages of practice tips for every piece.
If you’re thinking about learning to play the piano, my guide-book, So You Want To Play The Piano? (Alfred) is full of useful help and support.
The Faber Music Piano Anthology (Faber) is also a valuable resource for those who desire a collection of standard repertoire from Grades 2 – 8, featuring 78 pieces in total.
I have written a selection of educational piano music (both solo and duet) and you can hear it and find out much more here: EVC Music Publications.