Goal Setting and Practice Chart

During your musical journey with your child, you can focus on a couple principles that will help your practice go more smoothly and more efficient.


1. Craft a road map. Goals are meaningless without a plan on how to achieve them. Create a road map toward the piece you and your child want to learn and develop a time frame with your teacher in how long it will take him or her to learn the piece.

2. Practice chart. Charts are a strong motivation for many students. Planning is the most crucial part of the formula we call time management. This is why on our practice chart we have included a time tracker. It’s broken down into minute segments that allow you to carefully optimize your practice time. This will help you transition from one task to the next.

3. Tracking and Reflection. Your success in practicing with your child is a sum of the habits you create. If you look at the most successful people in the world, you will see they have habits they practice every day. In our house we made it a habit to practice violin everyday. We provide space each week to reflect on wins and learnings and each week for reflection and habit tracking.

4. Bookend your practice time with positive psychology. Starting your practice with gratitude will give your child a happiness boost before any wrong notes, scratchy sounds are played. End your practice with focusing on areas your child improved (no matter how small) and other positive parts of your practice.

“Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of the birth and learn to play it, they will develop sensitivity, discipline, and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.” – Shinichi Suzuki