|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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