Q. How can I help my child succeed in their music lessons?
A. Children excel at subjects that are important to their parents. So, the best way for your child to learn faster, go farther and have more fun with their music is to be involved. Attend lessons and participate in practice sessions. Make practice part of their daily routine (like brushing their teeth). Be positive and encouraging. Tell them how much you enjoy hearing them play. And make music a part of family life. Play music during dinner and attend live musical performances together now and then. Have family performances once a week. Be sure and clap! Let them know what you expect and watch them excel. Don’t threaten to end lessons if they resist practicing and avoid reward systems to increase motivation. Action is the issue, not motivation. Don’t give up unless you want your child to give up.
Joel Pipkin | www.ChildPlayMusicSchool.com