Hoffman Academy Blog

The Cycle of Success

Real success is the greatest motivator. Piano students who learn, develop, and succeed will want to keep going, while students who aren’t making progress tend to want to quit. This is why consistent, daily practice is so important.

Consistent Practice Is the Key

A student who practices regularly will achieve new levels of skill almost daily. This student feels excited about his or her progress, which will, in turn, make it even easier to go to the piano to practice the next day. If you want your child to stay motivated and to love playing the piano, then you must set him or her up to make steady, consistent progress. This means regular daily practice. Here is a little formula to remember:

Cycle of Success

On the other hand, a student who does not practice consistently makes very little progress. This is because every time this student does sit down to practice, most of the time is not spent developing new skills, but trying to remember what was learned last time. Whatever progress is made is lost in the days that go by in between practice sessions. Most students who do not practice consistently will want to quit within just a few months. The reason? No one enjoys learning the piano, or anything else, when there is little or no progress.

Importance of Practice

Be sure to make daily practice a part of your piano student’s routine. Remember, the surest way to predict success in piano studies is NOT by the student’s musical talent, but by how consistently the student practices.

Learn more about the importance of consistent practice by reading The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle.

You must be logged in to comment.


  1. Hand-drawn avatar
    Nikerson Frederique


    Would you be able to make these posts available to be printed out?

    Thank you!

    • Hoffman Academy logo
      Hoffman Academy

      Thanks for the feedback. I think that’s a great idea! We’re pretty booked right now, with the Kickstarter campaign running and our graphic designer out on maternity leave, so it may be a while; but I’ll put that on our list of customer requests. I’m glad you are finding them helpful! – Mr. Hoffman