Extended Cyber Monday Sale. Save up to $80 OFF!  Shop Now

Your cart

You have no products in the cart
Delivery 4-9 days delivery in
Taxes & dutiesMay be due on delivery

Check out
Items are reserved for 15 minutes.

Shipping destination

Update preferences
Blog overview

How to set realistic music practice goals

Frederik Nielsen, in Community news
Oct 16, 2023 | 5 min read

It’s that fabulous time again when we sit down, dream big, and scribble down our music practice goals. 

We’ve all been there: aiming to master Beethoven’s 9th Symphony in a week or learning to play the guitar like Jimi Hendrix in just ten days. 

But here’s the thing – setting unrealistic goals is just a recipe for disappointment. Instead, let’s set goals that are not only achievable but also super exciting!

Why setting realistic music practice goals is the real deal

Hear us out. Setting goals that stretch you but are also achievable will:

  • Keep you motivated.
  • Help you track your progress.
  • Prevent you from tossing your instrument out the window in frustration. (We’ve all been tempted, right?)

So, let’s get into the wonderful world of music practice goals and make those musical dreams come true!

The pitfalls of aiming too high (or too low!)

Hey, ambition is awesome. We all love dreaming big, right? But in the world of music practice goals, going too big (or even too timid) can actually be a slippery slope.

1. Over-ambitious goals can demotivate

Setting unrealistic goals can backfire. Instead of motivating you, it can result in demotivation. Imagine setting a goal to play a complex Chopin piece in just two weeks when you’ve just started learning the piano. Chances are, you’ll end up feeling overwhelmed, leading to procrastination or giving up altogether.

music practice goals journal

2. Too easy? You might plateau

On the flip side, if you aim too low, you risk coasting along without really pushing yourself. While it’s cool to play ‘Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star’ flawlessly, don’t you want to challenge yourself a bit more?

3. Striking the balance

The key is to find that sweet spot. A goal that nudges you out of your comfort zone but doesn’t catapult you into the realm of the impossible. When you get this balance just right, you’ll feel that incredible mix of challenge and achievement. Trust me, it’s music to the ears!

Tips to hit the right note with your music practice goals

We’ve looked at why you shouldn’t get ahead of yourself. Now, let’s turn to how you can nail it with some tips for hitting your goals. 

1. Start with your why

Remember the goosebumps you felt the first time you heard your favourite song? That’s your why. 

Whether you’re striving to recreate that moment or simply wanting to serenade your cat without getting that judgmental stare, identifying your “why” will keep you grounded.

music practice with metronome

2. Break it down now!

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your musical prowess. Break your music practice goals into smaller, manageable tasks. 

Instead of saying, “I’ll master the piano,” try, “I’ll learn the C major scale by next week.” Baby steps, folks.

3. Use the right tools

Speaking of steps, have you tried the Soundbrenner wearable metronomes Core and Pulse? It’s like having a personal rhythm coach on your wrist. 

With tech like this, you’re bound to stay on beat and reach your music practice goals faster.

Soundbrenner Core
Soundbrenner Core Steel
Soundbrenner Pulse

4. Schedule it in

Fun fact: A music practice goal without a plan is just a wish. So, grab your calendar and schedule your practice sessions. 

Pro-tip: Set a reminder with your favourite tune to get you in the groove.

Other fab ways to stay on track

Join a group or class: There’s nothing like the collective energy of fellow musicians.

music practice in group

Celebrate the small wins: Mastered a chord? Pat yourself on the back! (Or the head, if you can reach it.)

Mix it up: Try different genres or instruments to keep things spicy.

Visualize success: Close your eyes and imagine yourself rocking that stage or simply impressing your friends at a party.

So, what’s next?

It’s simple! With your shiny new music practice goals in hand, your musical journey will be a smashing success. And hey, if you ever feel like you’re veering off track, just remember: even Beethoven had his off days. 

If you enjoyed these tips on mastering your music practice goals, then our blog on tips to track your music progress is a must-read.

Thanks for reading our article on “How to set realistic music practice goals” We at Soundbrenner are dedicated to helping musicians stay focused on what truly matters: their music. By creating innovative devices, such as Soundbrenner Pulse and Core, our goal is to deliver the best practice experience for musicians. Click here to find out more.

Do you have a question about Soundbrenner products? Reach out to us at [email protected], we’re happy to help!

Introducing Soundbrenner Wave! The best in-ear monitors for musicians!

Explore Soundbrenner’s Wave IEM: Your ultimate in-ear monitor for crystal-clear…

Sidharth Sriram, in Company news, Product news
Nov 16, 2023 | 3 min read
Soundbrenner debuts Core 2: The wearable for all musicians!

Launching a crowdfunding campaign today on Kickstarter, Core 2 by…

Florian Simmendinger, in Company news, Product news
May 24, 2023 | 2 min read
13 best gifts for musicians in 2023

It’s been a crazy year for our musicians – if…

Sidharth Sriram, in Community news
Nov 15, 2023 | 3 min read
Best earplugs for concerts, clubbing, and live music 2023

Have you ever experienced ringing after clubbing or attending concerts?…

Jules, in Music lessons
Nov 08, 2023 | 6 min read

Our wearables


Core 2

The ultimate practice companion


Learn more Buy now


The original vibrating metronome


Learn more Buy now