What parent would want their child to quit lessons? Every parent wants to see their child continue to work and progress and enjoy his musical studies. For the child, motivation for practice directly flows from the rate of progress. The greater the progress, the greater the motivation. Progress however isn’t determined by natural ability. Instead it is directly correlated to consistency in practice.
Maintaining a consistent practice schedule demands a great deal of self-discipline. Friends, sports, tv—these can all seem much more appealing to a child then practice. Choosing to skip a day of practice here and there though does more damage than realized. Instead of being able to move on to new sections the next day, a child must instead re-familiarize himself with the same parts of the piece all over again. Having to repeatedly re-learn music equates to a very slow rate of progress. This in turn leads to decreased motivation and if not corrected, a complete lack of interest in continuing on with lessons.
Alternatively, regular practice habits leads to a turn on the motivation cycle. Consistent practice yields encouraging results and consistent progress. As a child is able to continue to work on new things and build on previously learned concepts instead of re-learning old ones, the child will be more motivated to continue with practicing. As the child practices more, he continues to progress more rapidly, and he maintains an interest in and motivation to continue on with music.
While practice may seem like hard work sometimes, it’s definitely worth it to keep pressing onward! The results will definitely pay off in the end for both parent and child.