How to get the most out of Music Lessons for your child
You want what is best for your child, and here are a few of the basics to assist you in supporting your child's music education.
1.) Sit with them for the first few months of lessons, as often as possible. For those younger children, call it "Play Time" and not "Practice." Children need help in developing the discipline to practice on their own.
2.) If possible, choose the same time & duration each day. For example, each day immediately after school is best before everyone is too tired. If you miss a day here and there, don't be concerned. You could also try splitting the practice time into 2 sessions - in the morning and afternoon. Even 5 to 10 minutes a day will make a difference in your child’s progress and understanding.
3.) Positive feedback is very important. Help your child through the ups and downs. Be cheerful and encouraging always. If your child is reluctant to practice, find an alternative punishment such as withholding TV, video games, computer time, etc.
4.) We know through years of experience that if a child stays with lessons for at least three years, he or she will have a foundation & appreciation of music that will last a lifetime. A priceless gift. The first year is fun. The second is more challenging. In the third year, interesting music is ready to be mastered, and your child will be considered a "musician."
5.) Your child may want to quit from time to time. This is normal. Music lessons can go through difficult stages at times. It is at these times, discontinuing lessons may seem to be the obvious solution. Children, who are allowed to quit, rarely return to lessons. Adults, who quit too early as children, often wish their parents had made them "stick with lessons." We have never heard a parent say, "I'm glad my parents let me quit."
It is often those children, who frequently take lessons with us as adults. If the subject of quitting comes up, we recommend that you be the "decision maker." A child is not capable of seeing ahead and realizing the value of a music education. We make all kinds of decisions that we know are best for our children.