As a musician, flute teacher, and mother of professional musicians I have learned a thing or two about motivating others to get their practicing done effectively.
My family and I (excluding my husband) perform a lot. My boys actually have been paid to perform since they were six years old. (true!) Sometimes several times a week.
This has gone in waves over the years, but I tried to count the performances we were involved in a couple of years ago and I think it was around 200 for the year. That is a combined number (since we often play together)… and I didn’t count church.
I have discovered that when we don’t have a coming-soon performance scheduled, we’re not quite as motivated to practice hard. Having another reason to practice really helps with certain skills like memorization and repetition of tricky spots.
Having another reason to practice really helps..
I personally don’t know many people who want to get caught performing unprepared. It is also a very rewarding day when a budding musician arrives at their lesson super prepared. The teacher smiles a lot and the next set of skills can be introduced. These kinds of lessons make the student skip home with a happy heart.
If I feel we are in a “lull” as far as learning or practicing, I simply make a phone call or two and schedule a performance.
Works every time. 🙂
What can you do to motivate your practicing if you are not a regularly paid musician? Well, that’s easy. All you have to do is prep a piece really, really, really well and declare to someone that you are ready to show it off. Believe me, you’ll get your first ‘gig’ right then and there.
It doesn’t matter at all who you are performing for. Haha, I remember one of my great mentors (professional flutist)
What helps you have a better practice?