Picture: Oliver Fowler (6 year old) successfully implements his piano practice as part of his daily routine. He practises on his piano for at least 5 days a week (photo is provided at the courtesy of Oliver’s mother).

Practising on the piano for 5 days a week is the minimum effort that every pianist of Arpeggio Music Studio (“ARPEGGIO”) is being encouraged to achieve.

As the saying goes, “Practice makes perfect”. At ARPEGGIO, we believe that practice makes progress.

Today, we take a peek at the success of our 6 year old pianist, Oliver Fowler, who has made piano practice part of his daily lifestyle. It is also our joy to have with us Oliver’s mother, Lesley Fowler, who shares that our child’s piano practising time is also a very good parent-child bonding session.

Oliver is also the recipient of ARPEGGIO’s Best Practice Award in 2019.

Below is an interview of Oliver and Oliver’s mother, Lesley Fowler, with Gabrielle who represented ARPEGGIO.

Oliver, how often do you practise on your piano?

I practise every morning before school.

That is 5 days a week – WOW! What is your motivation to practise?

My mum and dad bought me a big piano and I love playing on it. I love learning to play new songs. My family enjoys listening to me play.  My favourite song is jingle bells. I can even play it with my eyes close!

There are many of us who are still trying to achieve this. What would you say to your music friends who are struggling to form a practice routine?

Just keep practising 5 days a week and one day you will get it as part of your routine.

Mum Lesley, Oliver has successfully formed a practice routine on the piano. This is very helpful in making good progress in his playing. What do you think is the secret recipe of his success?

We have invested in an acoustic piano which is a great motivation for Oliver as it lets him truly enjoy his piano lessons. We make practice a part of our routine during the weekdays. Mornings work best for our family so we practice after breakfast. All it takes is 10-15 minutes a day. Oliver loves watching videos of himself so we make it fun by recording him playing after he learns a new piece. He pretends he’s creating a video tutorial teaching others how to play a song. I also join Oliver when he practices. Oliver loves me singing along while he is playing a song.

That certainly sounds like an amazing parent-child bonding session as well as useful piano practice time! Mum Lesley, could you please share a tip or two for parents who are looking to provide such good support to their children who are learning to progress on the piano?

Establish a routine to practice regularly as it really helps children’s progress. Sitting with younger children is very beneficial as being involved really helps with their learning. Make it fun and most importantly be patient, let them pick it up at their own pace.

– End of interview –

ARPEGGIO would like to say a BIG THANK YOU to Oliver and his mother, Lesley, for the encouragement and precious sharing.

Now we know that practising 5 days a week is a possible outcome because at least one of us have done it.

This is an achievement.

Let’s celebrate this achievement every week by meeting this goal.

To all pianist at ARPEGGIO, please continue to practice on your piano for at least 5 days a week!

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July 2019: Oliver (right) received the ‘Best Practice Award’ from Gabrielle (left).

We celebrate Oliver’s achievement who is presented with ‘Best Practice Award’ by Gabrielle!

Oliver loves learning new songs on the piano. He practises at least 5 days a week.

Oliver enjoys playing on the piano and loves his lessons with Gabrielle!

We are so happy for Oliver. His performance is amazing!

Well done and keep on playing, Oliver!

Hip hip hooray – It’s our Graduation Day!

Piano Discovery for the Young is a music curriculum designed for ages 5 to 7. This program teaches students from Kindergarten to Year 2 on music fundamentals with a focus on piano playing and introduction to music theory. Activities include dance and movement with songs, rhythm play with percussion instruments, colouring, music theory with games, stickers and stories, as well as learning to play the piano with bubble fingers.

On this special day of 29 June 2019, we celebrated graduation day! Moving on, the children are ready for the next phase in their piano learning journey, which is the Piano Preliminary for the Young.

Well done and keep on playing! We hope you enjoy Piano Preliminary as much as Piano Discovery. Hip hip hooray!

Designed with the purpose of improving piano technical skills in mind, Piano Gym has been a hit with our pianists in Arpeggio Music Studio during this July term break!

Technical studies and scales are no longer boring because we knew the tricks of the trade to make it easier and interesting! We also engaged with some appropriate body warm-up exercises to kick-start our sessions.

A 30 minutes’ session each for 2 lessons within the 3-day period, e.g.: Monday and Wednesday or Tuesday and Thursday, on Scales and Arpeggios were what we had at Arpeggio Music Studio with our piano hands!

We thank all students who have sacrificed their holiday time to join us! Till the next Piano Gym is back, keep on playing Scales and Arpeggios, everyone!

To our lovely pianists, have you been keeping up with your practice?

In addition to the 10 tips of effective practising, ARPEGGIO is delighted to share its 100 days’ Practice Challenge and Practice Log with music students.

Please get your free copy by sending an email to arpeggiomstudio@gmail.com with your student code and with the subject titled ‘100 days’ Practice Challenge and Practice Log’.

Let’s not forget ‘1% inspiration and 99% perspiration’!