A lot of parents of young students ask me how many minutes their kids should be practicing everyday at home. I always say it really doesn’t matter how many minutes they sit in front of piano and ‘play’ (not practice) the piano. It really matters how they practice and if they are practicing practically, mindfully and efficiently. If they are practicing practically, mindfully and efficiently and paying attention to what we talked about during the last lesson their practice time won’t be too long which is OK. But if they are not paying attention and just playing pieces mindlessly for many minutes ‘that practice’ is not really helping them improve or progress. Also it’s more important that they practice everyday even if it’s a little than they practice a long time just once a week. It’s also important to review what we worked on during the lesson right away (either that day or the next day) so that they remember what we worked on and what they need to be working on during the week. It’ll help advance much more quickly and efficiently. After they ‘practice’, they can enjoy ‘playing’ some fun songs. ‘Playing’, enjoying, exploring, experimenting, being creative are also all as important as ‘practicing’.