I am a 58 yr old Adult student who 3years ago returned to piano studies after a break of 25 years.I have just passed Grade 5 practical for the second time and am now working towards Grade 6,probably this Autumn. The workload has increased greatly with the jump to Grade 6,and I find I need 1 and a half hours (if possible) to practice,which is a big commitment when I work full time and have children and Grandchildren and an active Cocker Spaniel demanding my time!
So my question is,how do I make the most of my practice time? At the moment I try and practice my 3 pieces for an hour in the early morning,then spend half an hour in the evening working on the scales,arpeggios and contrary motion etc. Regarding the hour spent on pieces,am I best to spend 3x20mins per piece every day?,or 2x30 mins on 2 pieces then the same the next day,but leave one of the pieces out then practice that piece the next day etc?. I also want to learn a "light relief" piece,if only to take a break from the intensity of the Grade pieces.
Bear in mind that the hour and a half is not strictly followed some days due to other commitments.
Any advice would be welcome.