It is critical to practice within 24 hours following the lesson.

 For this reason, I will discuss the best day and time for lesson when I meet a new student.

 

Parental Engagement

‚ÄčIn my policy guide, I recommend 

(with young children) parents or guardians will need to be involved directly for perhaps the entire practice session at first. Until after perhaps 3-6 months of study, your help may be needed for some or much of the practice time.


Do not expect your child to carry out their practice entirely by themself until  about 8-10 years old - or perhaps until the second or third year of piano lessons. If regular interaction is not possible, Shad will recommend that a student take two lessons per week at his studio.

Research shows that maximum retention occurs if 

 repetition--that is, practice--takes place within 24
 hours or less.  Retention is approximately 90%.


If repetition does not occur until 48 hours later (skip

 a day of practice), retention drops off drastically, as

 the graph of time vs. retention is a curve rather than

 a straight line.


If you wait 72 hours (skip two days), retention is virtually zero. (Material that is already learned is retained longer, of course. I speak here of new material, such as a new piece or a new section of a  piece begun very recently.)


Practice should be mindful, purposeful and productive, as well as fun and engaging. 


With each lesson - in my weekly notes, I will detail some activities and games that you can initiate at home both at and away from the piano.


Guardians / Parents are always welcome to join us for lesson!.


Often, parents will be invited into the lesson for perhaps 5-10 minutes at least once a month  For some students, I will engage with the parent during lesson for up to 15 minutes of the lesson.


Practice should be part of our daily habits, just like brushing our teeth! 

Importantly, students should be encouraged to  "play" and "explore" on their own at the piano.

Not all practice needs to be structured, nor does it necessarily need to be entirely prescriptive.

Students at young ages enjoy exploring the piano. But so do older students - and adults as well!

As long as students are gentle at the piano (no banging on the keys please!) and students use the techniques and approaches that Shad models in lessons (use the fingertips - watch for caving knuckle joints - please sit tall!) you can't go wrong by spending time at home with your child together on the piano bench.