We know that practicing is important to our work as professional musicians, even if we aren’t performers. Staying connected to your instrument helps keep your musicianship skills sharp — your aural awareness and reading abilities, your commitment to a beautiful tone and balance and expression. It helps you stay in shape technically, whether that’s keeping your fingers in shape, maintaining good breath support and airflow, or keeping a healthy, strong embouchure.
Playing your instrument makes you a better teacher, too, because you’re in it — you know what practicing requires and you know how to pick and choose the strategies that will help you be most efficient with your time.
All this to say, practicing a few times during the week is a great way to stay connected to the art of music-making and maintain a high level of technique and musicianship.
With that said, here are a handful of quick tips for practicing efficiently in 30 minutes or less: