Any parent who has a child who studies music at home wants him or her to succeed. Perhaps, you are one of those parents who might be wondering if is there anything you can do help your child become a better musician.
Learning how to play and use an instrument can be a delightful experience for a child, and most children start their adventure with a huge deal of enthusiasm. In fact, children are typically more than eager to practice their instrument to learn how to play. However, their interest for practicing can drop over time, making practice a huge chore for parent and child. Luckily, there are ways to support your kid to practice and even make the whole practicing fun and enjoyable.
Following are some tips on how you can help your child to maintain a good practice routine while learning a musical instrument.
Make it Cool and Exciting
Practicing does not need to be a stressing experience. In fact, you, as a parent can make practice fun for your child without too much time or effort. When your child sits down to practice, ensure you are there to give some encouragement and notice his or her progress. You can include your family pet too, as they can be encouraged to become a part of the audience.
Once your kid is done practicing, allow him or her to do something fun like playing with some friends or go for a bike ride. By providing your kid something to look forward, you are encouraging him or her to embrace practicing – and to have fun at the same time.
The timing of the practice schedule of your child is essential. Ensure you don’t ask him or her to practice when he’s overloaded or tired with other activities. It’s a great idea to schedule a practice time every day. Oftentimes, mornings could be a perfect time to practice as your child is rested and not astounded with homework or other responsibilities. Make practice a concern on the weekends before other obligations take over. Further, you can also ask your kid to practice before some friends come over or before you start your weekend plans.
A child loves to be rewarded for his or her effort, and a small incentive can motivate your child to keep practicing through the week. Present your child a practice goal for him or her to work towards and when he or she hits the benchmark, both of you can celebrate with a treat!
Be Your Kid’s Number One Fan!
Taking the time to tell your kid that you are proud of his or her accomplishments and work can motivate him or her to keep on practicing and to stay to progress. Allow your kid to know that learning an instrument can be challenging and difficult at times; however, that efforts pays off and is well worth it.
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