As a parent, you want to help your child any way that you can. When it comes to music lessons, it’s no different. But unless you’re a musician yourself or have some background in music from growing up, you might not know how to best help your child.
What are some ways then that you can best help your child become the best in his/her instrument? Here are three simple things that you as a parent can do to help your child get fired up about lessons.
First of all, shout it out from the kitchen and make a difference. Everyone is busy. We work, our kids go to school, you have a home life to hold together, and the list goes on. When does most of the practice in your house happen? For most, it’s probably while dinner is being made or you’re in the kitchen because that’s where homework gets done. This article from our music friend, Andrea at Teach Piano Today, included a fantastic handout that parents can print and place on the fridge. There are some great suggestions to help you help your child practice even better – easy things that you can say to your child that will make a big difference in the quality of practice and their motivation to practice. You can print out that handy sheet here!
Secondly, do something different. Go with the flow. Life is busy; it’s hard to get around that. But one thing that you as a parent and a family can do to help music lesson practice be even better is to do activities that incorporate music into your busy life. Do you think that your child thinks it’s fair that he/she has to sit and practice while everyone else is going and doing other things? Probably not! Take a moment and learn how to incorporate the whole family into practicing! Teach Piano Today has another wonderful article with activities that you can read more about and start implementing into your home. Read the article and print the activities here, you won’t be disappointed!
Finally, be real and be successful. One thing that is important when setting goals is being realistic and being honest. You don’t want to chomp off more than you can chew! Think back to a New Year’s Resolution that you’ve made. Have you ever been “overzealous” and then after realizing that it’s too much for you to handle, you just quit on the resolution all together? The same can happen when studying music and practicing. Your teachers understand that your life is busy. So communicate a busy schedule that you have or maybe another instrument that you’re also practicing for. Your teacher has a lot of ideas of how to be flexible with practice time so that success and progress can be seen!
You don’t have to be a trained musician or a music teacher to renew your child’s interest in music lessons and practicing during the week. In fact, you are THE BEST person for the job because no one loves or understands your child better than you!