Daily thoughtful practice is so important for a child’s overall progress. Suggested amount of time varies per student. Younger children may do well to split the practice into two 10 minute sessions a day. Older children may do a 20-30 minute session daily.
There are many ideas to help a child to reach their music goals. Practice charts, goal setting, schedule times… Here are a few resources to get the most out of music instruction. A contract such as the following: Piano Lesson Contract
Many ideas for practice charts are available. Here is one: flower-practice-incentive or
Susan Paradis has a very nice chart here: Robot Chart. There are many more charts available for download on the internet. -Just use your favorite search engine to find a large choice of “practice charts”.
Think of appropriate rewards when a student reaches certain goals. ex. Chose their favorite dessert for dinner, stay up 15 minutes later or go to a movie. Have fun choosing with your child what they would like as a reward.
This is an interesting article to read: Getting Kids To Practice Music — Without Tears Or Tantrums
Try out these ideas to develop more enthusiasm in the music student!