Music Practice and Your Child
Once you’ve found a teacher for your budding musician, remember the following:
- If your child doesn’t practice, he won’t progress. If he doesn’t progress, he’s more likely to get frustrated with the learning process. Practice produces progress, which in turn produces enthusiasm for learning as your child gets excited about his accomplishments. (It sounds like a tongue twister – but it actually does make sense!)
- Practice doesn’t make perfect, but it does make easy. It’s better for your child to practice 15 minutes almost every day, rather than practicing two hours one day a week. A little bit every day is better than a lot every once in a while.
- Ease into the teacher role. You’ll need to play the role of teacher when your child practices at home. So during lessons, either observe and take notes, or ask the teacher what needs to be worked on in the coming week. When you get home, write down the practice items that need attention, and let your child check them off as he completes them. That way, you don’t have to stand over your child and coach him every minute.
- Praise small victories. When a baby learns to talk, his parents don’t say, “Now honey, you don’t say ba-ba, you say bottle.” Instead, they applaud his effort. Go easy on correction when your child is starting out with his musical lessons. Before you point out what he did wrong, point out at least one thing he did right.
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