What is your life goal?
Where do you want to go in piano? What do you want to accomplish? What style do you want to play?
What is your year goal?
What can you do this year to reach that goal?
What is your month goal?
Break down your goal for the year into 12 steps and figure out what you need to accomplish this month to achieve your goal for the year.
What is your week goal?
Break down the month into 4 steps. What do you need to do this week?
What is your day goal?
Break down the week into 7 steps. What do you need to do today?
Once you've answered those questions, next take a guess on how much daily practice will be required to achieve your goals and then create a practice schedule from it. Don't worry if you don't know how much practice time you'll need yet. Give yourself a little more time then you need and start from there. You can adjust the practice time once you have a better idea of how quickly you're progressing. Make sure to schedule your practice time like an appointment with a doctor or something similar, and do not miss your practice appointments. The intial goal is to create a habit of practicing, and then let your habit help keep you on track. Also, the more you practice the better you'll get and the more you will want to spend time at the piano.
While practicing, do everything to the best of your ability, make each little thing a challenge or "contest with yourself".
The 1-Hour Practice Guide
Use this diagram as a template to divide up your time for daily practices.
This very summarized list of pieces from pre-Grade 1 up to ARCT(grade 11) can act as a self learning guide to give you direction to help you in your piano journey! Please keep in mind that this list uses a Canadian music grading system which isn't the same in all places all over the world. This is a non-official list for the purpose of giving direction and motivation to a student trying to learn on their own.
* signifies a personal favourite
- Twinkle little star *
- Happy birthday
- March and Run – Joan Last *
- Old MacDonald had a Farm
- Freddy the Frog – Anne Crosby
- Playful Puppy – Boris Berlin
- Book "Anna Magdalena’s Notebook" – JS.Bach (Grade 1-5)
- Bourree – JS Bach
- Mist – Clifford Poole *
- Big Teddy Little Teddy – Linda Niamath *
- On the Trampoline – Linda Niamath
- Porcupine Dance – Dmitri Kabalevsky *
- Teapot invention – Andrew Markov
- Study in C – Czerny
- Duet for one – C Norton
- Aria in D minor – J.S Bach
- A Little Song – Kabalevsky *
- Penguins – Linda Niamath Book called: "A Zoo for you" *
- Melody – Schumann
- Mouse in the coal bin
- March of the Goblins – B. Berlin*
- Rag Time
- Jazz Invention no 2
- Musette in D major J.S. Bach *
- Minuet in G major – J.S Bach
- Horn Pipe in Bb – Purcell
- Sonatina in G by Beethoven (either movement)
- The Jolly Roger – M Eckstein *
- Sonatina in C Op 36 no Clementi (any movment)
- Song of Twilight – Y. Nakada *
- Clowns Op39 no 20 – Kabalevsky
- Book: "Album for the Young Op 68" – R. Schumann (grade 2-8)
- Play – Bartok
- Study in Bb Major Op 599 No 83 – Czerny ** (Highly recommended)
- Minuet in d minor – J.S. Bach *
- Monkey’s in the Tree – B. Berlin *
- Sonata in F major 3rd movment: Scherzo – F.J Haydn
- The Wild Horseman Op 68 No 8 – Schumann
- From the Cliffs – Walter Carroll
- Intrada in C Major – C Graupner
- Sonatina in G major Op 36 No2 1st movment – M Clementi
- Study in A flat Major op 37 no. 44 – A. H. Lemoine
- Minuet in G minor – Stolzel
- Sonatina in F major Op 168, No. 1 3rd movment: Rondo – A. Diabelli
- Valse miniature Op 10 no 10 Rebikov
- Game of Patience – Karganov
- Little prelude in C major – JS.Bach
- Fur Elise – Beethoven
- Prelude in e minor op 28 no 4 – Chopin
- Venetian Boat Song Op 30 No6 – Mendelssohn
- Waltz – Rebikov
- Wound up – C. Norton
- Soffiegetto – CPE Bach
- Sonata in G Major 1st or 2nd movment – Beethoven
- Sonata in C major K 545 1st movment – Mozart
- Waltz in A flat Major op 39 no 15 – brahms
- Prelude in b minor – Chopin
- Waltz in A flat major op 69 no 1 – Chopin
- The little Sheperd no 5 – Debussy
- Etude Allegro – Nakada
- Le coucou (Rondeau) – Louis-Claude Daquin
- Nocturne in E flat Major Op 9 No 2 – Chopin
- Waltz in D flat major op 64 no 1 "Minuet waltz" – Chopin
- "Rain drop" prelude in D flat major op 28 no 15 – Chopin
- Waltz in C sharp minor op 64 no 2 – Chopin
- Rondo in C Major op 51 no 1 – Beethoven
- To spring – Grieg
- Romance op 24 no 9 – Sibelius
Book: WTC Book 1 & 2 (grade 10 & ARCT) – J.S. Bach ** (a must buy)
- Prelude & Fugue in F minor – From WTC 2 J.S. Bach
Beethoven Sonatas including
- F minor op 2 no 1
- F major op 10 no 2
- E major op 14 no 1
- G major op 14 no 2
- D major op 28
- C minor op 13 no 8 *
- Sonata in D major – Haydn
- Sonata in E flat major K 282 – Mozart
- Intermezzo in F minor Op 118 no 4 – Brahms
- Romance in F major op 118 no 5 – Brahms
- Polonaise in C sharp minor – Chopin
- Pas De Deux – Barber
- 1st Arabesque – Debussy
- Etude op 2 no 1 – Scriabin
- Nocturne in C minor op 48 no 1 – Chopin
- Polonaise in A flat major "heroic" Op 53 – Chopin
- Etudes Op 10 and 25 (Any one) – Chopin
- Intermezzo A minor op 118 no 1 and no 2
- Sonata in F minor Op 57 “Appassionata” No 23 – Beethoven
- Sonata in C Sharp minor Op 27 no 2 "Moonlight" (all 3 movements) – Beethoven
- Sonata in B minor op 40 no 2 – Clementi
- Any Hungarian Rhapsody (excluding no 3, 17 and 18) – Liszt ( no 2 is my favourite)
- Impromptu no 2 in F minor Op 31 – Faure
- Three preludes – Gershwin
- Preludes Op 23 no 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 and Op 32 3 ,5 ,9 10, 12 – Rachmaninoff
- Miroirs (Any one) – Ravel