For most families, it’s incredibly difficult to stay focused on practice during the holidays. This is entirely understandable, as the holiday season is often the busiest time of the year. It may be tempting to procrastinate on getting back into your regular practice routine, but consistent and smart practice is essential for growth as a musician. Try to implement a consistent practice structure in your day, similar to how your children are returning to their normal school routine.

If getting back into the regular swing of things becomes particularly difficult, keep in mind that it’s okay to gently ease into your normal practice routine. Set realistic practice time expectations, and don’t expect immediate results. Spice things up with some fun games, maybe figure out some favorite holiday songs by ear on their instrument, branch out to listen to music written for a different instrument for inspiration, etc. As long as you set up a consistent practice routine and work gradually towards your goals, you’ll be back on the right track in no time!

“To make a resolution and act accordingly is to live with hope. There may be difficulties and hardships, but not disappointment or despair if you follow the path steadily. Do not hurry. This is a fundamental rule. If you hurry and collapse or tumble down, nothing is achieved. Do not rest in your efforts; this is another fundamental rule. Without stopping, without haste, carefully taking a step at a time forward will surely get you there.”  ~ Shinichi Suzuki, Nurtured by Love