Real success is the greatest motivator. Piano students who are learning, developing, and succeeding will want to keep going, while students who aren’t making progress tend to want to quit. This is why consistent, daily practice is so important.
A student who practices regularly is going to be achieving new levels of skill almost daily. This student will be excited about his or her progress, which will, in turn, make it even easier the next day to feel like going to the piano to practice. If you want your child to stay motivated and to love playing the piano, then you must set him or her up to make steady, consistent progress. This means regular daily practice. Here is a little formula to remember:
On the other hand, a student who does not practice consistently will make very little progress. This is because every time this student does sit down to practice, most of the time is not spent developing new skills, but rather simply trying to remember what was learned last time. Whatever little progress is made is lost in the days that go by in between practice sessions. Most students who do not practice consistently will want to quit within just a few months. The reason? It is impossible to enjoy learning the piano when there is no progress or very little progress.
Be sure to make daily practice a part of your piano student’s routine. Remember, the surest way to predict success in piano studies is NOT by the student’s musical talent, but by how consistently the student practices.