I notice there seems to be lots of reference to "ensure the student is practicing effectively", or "how to practice". I wonder if someone could be kind enough to outline theses key points.
Im an adult learning and have only been playing the piano since April 2011. Im due to sit grade 1 at the end of March. Im fairly strict with myself in that I make around 2 hours a day 6 days a week available for practicing. A typical evening will be around 20 to 30 mins on scales and broken chords - I work on trying to bring out the strong and weak beats; another half hour will be spent on sight reading (G1 and touching on G2); I then work through the 3 exam pieces for about 20 mins a piece. Once thats done I treat myself to some practice on Moonlight Sonata. Im up to about bar 20, but in all honestly I find this piece very difficult to learn to read and play, especially for someone at my level, but i guess thats to be expected. I guess Ill continue with Moonlight as I just see it as extra sight reading practice, especially with the ledger lines, but with a meaningful tune and melody.
I do have a weekly half an hour piano lesson with an experienced teacher, but they have never discussed effective practice with me. My concern is that maybe they assume that I know how to practice effectively... just as my old teacher assumed I knew that the notes in the first few bars of Moonlight Sonata were triplets and was a little confused when I was trying to fathom out the time signature and couldnt.
I should add that im also study and sitting the theory exams alongside, so do spend the 7th days looking at that. Ive just sat G2 theory and will be working towards G3 if Im sucessful with G2.
Many thanks in advance