Encouraging Practice: Helping Your Child With Piano Lessons

May 20, 2015


If you’ve enrolled your child in piano lessons NYC studios offer, you may be excited to see what your child can accomplish. That is a good thing, but in order for it to happen, most kids need practice. Practice is not always fun especially when you are learning something brand new or something that is challenging. You may not want your child to hate playing or to dread having to spend hours practicing, but you also do not want to make it a daily battle. What can you do to encourage your child to enjoy piano lessons and to see the reward it offers? Every child is different, but there are a few ways you can encourage a love for music.

Play An Active Role In The Learning Process
A good place to start is to be there and to practice along with them. Even though you may not be playing, sitting there and listening to the child playing can help. Children do not want to be stuck in a room doing something they do not know. Having mom or dad by them during the practicing can help to create a better understanding of the importance. After all, a child that learns to play with a parent listening to them sees that the parent values this education. You are putting your time in and so does your child.

Provide A Reward Instead Of Punishment
Sometimes a lack of practice will lead to arguments. In other cases, you may want to punish your child for not doing the chore. You may find that this will make it even harder to encourage practice. Instead of associating piano lessons with punishment, encourage their love of music by offering a reward for doing the right thing. For example, you may wish to encourage your child to practice once a day. Once the child reaches his or her goal, the child has the ability to earn something, do something, or to otherwise benefit. This allows you to align music with good things.

Set Goals And Stick To Them
Not only is it important for you to establish practice goals, but you also have to stick with them. It is a good idea to set:
• A time goal: the length of time the child will practice each time
• A frequency goal: how many days a week the child will practice
• When it will happen: what time of the day offers the opportunity for practice?
By creating very structured goals like this, a child knows that after a certain time he or she can move on to something fun or more interesting. You’ll need to stick with it, though, to ensure consistency. Once the child develops habits of practicing, they may begin to really enjoy the process.
At first, practicing can be hard, but once you make it a part of your routine, the risks are lower. Many kids will find that as their skill grows, they will also enjoy their piano lessons NYC studios offer.

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