Musical Instrument Practice at Home

Most people understand that the more practice on your instrument, the better you become. When it comes to habits, consistency is an important factor in making routines for practice. Some wonder how you can improve your practice habits without causing too much stress? Let’s look at six ways you can make better use of your time when practicing your musical instruments at home.


1. Create a Quiet Atmosphere

      • Getting in a place with no distractions, putting your phone down, focusing on playing or learning for a set amount of time
      • Trying to avoid late-night playing to avoid annoying your roommates, parents, or whoever may not want 
      • Play with friends sometimes, they might have insightful input on playing, helps you practice
      • Some schools have soundproof music rooms to play in 

2. Set a Goal Before Starting

      • Setting realistic goals for the week, and not overworking yourself
      • Setting a time where you know you’ll be able to sit down and play and have a quiet environment 
      • Knowing what you’ll be doing in that allocated time slot. Will you be playing a certain song? Will you be working on something you’ve been struggling with?

3. Warm-up Before Starting

      • Have a warm-up routine that best suits you
      • Try to accomplish this warm-up before getting into your main goals for the day
      • Try not to get upset at yourself if things aren’t going your way! Everyone has bad days, and that’s okay!

4. Work on Issues That May Arise

      • If you’re struggling in certain areas, try to allocate some time to practice it
      • Play with a friend and have them help you if needed
      • Try not to get frustrated and keep a positive attitude

5. Record Yourself Playing

      • Record yourself and play it back, you’ll get a better picture of how you’re actually playing
      • Try to notice where you’re doing a good job and where you need improvement
      • Share it with friends and see what they think!

6. You Don’t Have to Play Everyday!

      • Don’t overwork yourself, if you don’t want to play one day, you don’t have to force yourself to play
      • It’s okay to take a day off! Everyone gets burnt out from time to time and relaxing on those days is key


If you want to start your child on the journey to learning a new instrument or to hone their skills in an instrument they already know, Oak Learners has great options to learn new instruments. You can check out the day school where students learn all kinds of music ranging from the piano, violin, and much more! If you want more personalized one-on-one tutoring online or in-person sessions, Oak Learners offers private tutoring here! Good luck with your music learning and practice!



Kelly Farrell

Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Director of Oak Learners. She is dedicated to supporting learners of all ages and abilities reach their goals and love the learning journey. Kelly’s philosophy of education is based in the understanding that every child has the capacity to excel and succeed when they are given the tools and taught the skills to help them on their journey.
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