Good news: even if you don’t have a musical background you can still help your child with their practice time in between lessons! Here are a few simple ways to give your child the support they need for effective (and enjoyable!) music practice.
Remind Your Child to Practice
Even though they love their music lessons, expecting your child to practice unprompted every day might not work out that well! Just like you need to remind young (and sometimes older!) children to brush their teeth everyday, you’ll probably need to remind your child to practice the piano everyday (or at least some days).
Even adults can be more motivated when they have an accountability partner, so taking on that role for your child’s piano practice is very important.
Be (or Find) an Enthusiastic Audience
Spending five distraction-free minutes listening to your child play can give them so much motivation. When it’s not possible to spare the time to sit down and give 100% of your attention, listening from another room and calling out encouragement is another great option.
If you’re unavailable then you can harness the power of the internet and use FaceTime or Skype to call a grandparent or other family member for an impromptu concert.
Do a Musical Activity Together
Pick a music theory game to play together, have a family dance-off, challenge your child to a battle of the bands where they get to pick the instruments, make up silly words for one of their current pieces, try and beat each others high score on a musical app. Have fun!
Are you looking for more ways to help your child with their piano lessons? Then definitely check out the Piano Parents Crash Course!
With this quick and easy course you’ll learn:
- How to understand the building blocks of music
- How to help your child when they get stuck
- How (and why!) to set your child up for success with great practice habits
With easy-to-follow written lessons, short videos, printable cheat sheets, plus bonus resources, the Piano Parents Crash Course will give you all the tools you need to help your child get the most out of their piano lessons.
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