As your child progresses through their music books, practicing tough spots in pieces will become a little difficult. How can you as a parent partner with your child’s teacher at home to help practicing those hard spots be a little more bearable? The tip we would like to share with you this month is this: tapping it out.
When learning a new piece, there are two very important ingredients that need to be mastered first! Those two ingredients are rhythm and intonation or notes. Today we’re going to talk about the rhythm ingredient.
Take a moment with your child and isolate the specific part of the piece that needs the most work. Then identify what the rhythm is for that section.
The first step to working out the rhythm is to tap it out on a lap or clap it out with your hands. Repeat this process 5-10 times.
Once your child has mastered the rhythm by clapping, then go to the instrument and play that rhythm on just one note of the piano, an open string, or another single note of choice. Repeat this step 5-10 times as well.
After that step is completed, play the notes as they are written in the music with the correct rhythm. Repeat this step another 5-10 times.
The true test will be backing up and playing more than just the practice spot! Watch and see how now the rhythm is so much better! Take a moment and celebrate the victory! It might seem super small, but they worked hard and conquered a goal! That’s one awesome practice power!