Quality practice is important, but
the quantity of practice, measured
by time spent, is important as well.

When I was learning violin, my teacher required that we practice 20 minutes per day, 7 days per week.  I started studying violin when I was in 4th grade.  This seems a reasonable amount of time to me.  Younger students, it would follow, should practice for a lesser time.  Older students should lengthen the time. 

For younger students I would not recommend  less than 10 minutes.  It takes some time to get settled in, and unless you are comfortable you will not make substantial progress . . . or even maintain skills already mastered. 

For older students it would seem wise to place a 30 minute minimum, with a maximum of not much more than 90 minutes.  Frankly, my 90 minute practices were few and far between  I believe that whatever the age, the practice should end when what some people call "the teachable moment" has passed. 

If you are working on a set number of minutes for a practice, I would suggest purchasing a timer and allowing practice to end when the timer sounds.  That causes the repeated question, "Am I done yet?" to be answered by referring to the timer.  "You'll be done when the timer goes off, honey."
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