In making it possible for your child to play a musical instrument, you are providing the opportunity for self-expression, creativity, and achievement. Numerous studies indicate that parental attitude, support and involvement are important factors in a child’s ability to successfully learn to play and to enjoy music.
How Can Parents Help?
Always keep in mind that your support is a key element in your child’s success with music study. Music achievement requires effort over a period of time.
You can help your child by:
- Scheduling Practice Times!!!
- Providing a quiet place in which to practice.
- Remaining nearby during practice times as often as possible.
- Scheduling a consistent, daily time for practice.
- Praising your child’s efforts and achievements.
What To Do
To give your child the best possible support, you should:
- Encourage your child to play for family and for friends.
- Expose your child to a wide variety of music, including concerts and recitals.
- Encourage your child to talk with you about his or her lessons.
- Make sure your child’s instrument is always in good working order.
- Allow your child to play many types of music, not just study pieces.
- Listen to your child practice, and acknowledge improvement.
- Help your child build a personal music library.
- Try to get your child to make a minimum two-year commitment to his or her music studies.
What Not To Do
Your child’s progress will be
greatly enhanced if you…
- Don’t use practice as a punishment.
- Don’t insist your child play for others when they don’t want to.
- Don’t ridicule or make fun of mistakes or less-than-perfect playing.
- Don’t apologize to others for your child’s weak performance.
- Don’t start your child on an instrument that’s in poor working order or condition.
- Don’t expect rapid progress and development in the beginning.
If Your Child Loses Interest
In the event your child loses interest in his or her music studies, don’t panic.
- Discuss the situation with your child to determine why their interest is declining.
- Talk to your child’s music teacher to see what might be done to rekindle their enthusiasm.
- Encourage your child to stick with lessons for an agreed period of time.
- Offer increased enthusiasm and support.