How Long should you Practice Violin | Violin Lounge TV #490
How much violin practice is enough for the goals you have? How much should you practice daily on your level?
10-20 minutes of violin practice a day
This is suitable for very young beginners (under six) who don’t have much of a concentration span yet and have to get used to the instruments.
Combine this with general music education, for example according to Music Learning Theory. Consider a book like Music Play.
Great for beginners. You can even consider to split this up into two sessions of 20 minutes, so you’re refreshed. In my studio I noticed ‘more than 30 minutes’ makes a big difference.
1 hour of violin practice a day
This is really the minimum you need when you want to maintain your current level and want to improve in the long run.
Very young children or adults with some physical challenges should practice less or divide up the hour into two or three chunks divided over the day.
2-4 hours a day
Lots of great concert violinists, like Janine Jansen don’t practice more than 2 hours a day, but please note that they probably don’t count concert and rehearsals as ‘practice time’. Their ‘play time’ is probably longer.
“Practice with your fingers and you need all day. Practice with your mind and you will do as much in 1 1/2 hours.” – Leopold Auer
5+ hours a day
Average conservatory students practice 2 to 4 hours a day. Often they say they practice more of course ;).
When you want to practice over 5 hours a day, make sure you are doing quality practice and not just ‘making as many hours as possible’. Take enough breaks and keep an eye on your body to prevent injury.
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How long do you practice violin a day?
Let me know in the comments.