How to get the most out of Music Lessons.
Here are a few tips to help you in supporting your child's music education.
1.) With young children, sit with them for the first few months of lessons, as often as possible. I like to call it "Play Time" instead of "Practice." Children need help in developing the discipline to practice on their own.
2.) If possible, choose the same time everyday. For example, each day right before bed is great so the brain can digest while sleeping. Don't worry if you miss a day here and there. You can also try splitting the practice time into 2 sessions - in the morning and afternoon or evening. Even 5 to 10 minutes a day will make a difference in your child’s progress and understanding.
3.) Positive feedback is very important. Always be encouraging especially if your child is going through a rough period. If your child is reluctant to practice, perhaps withhold 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, your child will be considered a "musician" and able to master more interesting music.
5.) At some point, your child may want to quit which is normal. Piano lessons can go through difficult stages. Discontinuing lessons may seem to be the solution. However, children who quit rarely return to lessons. Adults who quit too early as children wish their parents had made them continue. We have never heard a parent say, "I'm glad my parents let me quit."
Those children are often the ones who 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.