On the day of your piano lesson, you will have a fresh memory of what you did in the piano lesson, and what you need to practice at home. But after several days, it will be much harder to remember what to practice.
Why have an after-lesson routine?
There are several benefits to having an after-lesson routine. An after-lesson routine helps you reflect on your piano lesson, and think about what went well, and what you need to improve during your week's piano practice. This is a very powerful tool for growth and self-improvement.
Having a routine straight after the piano lesson helps improve your recall of piano practice tasks, without distractions. An after-lesson routine helps to clarify exactly what you need to practice during the week, so your piano practice is as time-efficient and effective as possible.
Here are three piano practice tips to create an effective after-lesson routine that will help your piano practice become much more effective.
1. Act straight after your piano lesson
Spend a few minutes, either before your journey home or as soon as you get home, and write a bullet point list of what was covered during the piano lesson and what needs to happen during the week's home piano practice.
Now review the tasks. See if you can break down large assignments into smaller, more manageable chunks. Re-order your list, putting the most important or urgent piano practice tasks at the top.
3. Set specific goals for each practice day
Allocate the piano practice tasks between the different practice sessions you are planning for the coming week. Important and urgent piano practice tasks should be done every day, and the less-important practice tasks can be spread across the week. Try to make each piano practice task very specific, manageable and realistic. This means you are much more likely to achieve it.