Some miscellaneous thoughts:
Discipline and persistence are essential to successful performance on an
instrument. Though beginners are not able to concentrate for long periods
of time, all students benefit from more regular and frequent practice.
Find a regular time in your daily schedule that can be dedicated to practice.
Before school, before dinner or before bedtime are usually better times
than low energy times like after school or after meals. Post up a practice
calendar and keep track of the amount or days that you practice.
The activity of practicing is not only playing through your assigned pieces;
review an older pieces, work on exercises that your private teacher gave
you, pick a hard spot and work on just those few notes, improvise. Practice
should not be mindless repetition. Think about your posture, positions,
intonation, rhythm, and sound.
For more ideas on how to practice consult with your private teacher.
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