Practice Challenge

Are you ready?  This is the last week of the practice challenge.  Get those hats filled in for every time that you practice to win the challenge.  You’ve still got a week left to add some extra practice time to your total.

Winners will be announced during the Christmas Holiday!  Let’s get on that instrument or listen to lesson book CD’s.  Let’s win!!

 

4 Things You Can Do to Help Your Child Learn Piano

Searching for creative and constructive ideas for motivating a child’s practice habits? PIANO Mama has some great ideas. Check them out!

Diary of a Piano Mama

Did you know that when an aeroplane takes off they use about half of the fuel required for the flight from take-off to level off? That’s an enormous amount of energy in the few minutes at the very start of the flight before they reach their cruising altitude.

Just imagine if you and your child made a massive effort in the first 6-12 months of piano lessons and then your child was able to enjoy ‘cruising’ along the learning-piano process for the next 10 years!

Here is what we did with PianoGirl. Perhaps it could work for your child too!

1.Timetable practice into your daily schedule.

Seriously.

Nothing but nothing but nothing (but nothing) will replace actual time spent on the piano, each day.

With any luck your child will have a lovely time spending 30mins each week with a piano teacher – piano teachers are notoriously lovely people, after…

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How Can I Help My Child Be Successful in Music Lessons?

“This is How You Can Help Your Child Be Successful in Music Lessons!

1. Provide a good in-tune home instrument – We’ve blogged about this before, but having a decent instrument at home is paramount to the success of your kid’s music lessons. Without a way to properly practice at home, your child will feel inadequate come lesson time and will rapidly lose motivation and interest.

2. Attend lessons regularly with all needed materials and a well-rested child – Regular attendance ensures that your child progresses. Progression leads to feelings of self-confidence and achievement. Music students need their books at every lesson as well as any other materials suggested by their teacher. Keep books organized at home and teach your child learn to be responsible for their materials.

Children learn best when they are well-rested (not only in terms of sleep, but also in terms of “extracurricular over-load”) and when they are healthy. Sick music kids don’t retain very much… and result in sick music teachers!

3. Establish a consistent and daily practice routine –  Music  lessons are one of the few extracurricular activities that require daily attention. Choose a specific time of day that works for your family (before school, after dinner, after the bath etc.) and make music  practice a regular and consistent event every single day. Avoid times that are hectic or rushed, remove distractions (like the TV or smaller siblings) and try to be in the vicinity to offer encouragement and/or help with practice.

4. Be Positive… provide constant encouragement – Comment often on your child’s progress. Remember the names of the pieces they are working on and make requests as you go about your day to encourage regular visits to their instrument. Show your pride by sharing videos, photos or musical phone calls with friends and family. Help your child to identify themselves as a “musician”.

5. Stay involved! Show that you value music by providing live-music opportunities, encouraging your child’s participation in recitals and performances and being a part of their daily practice in some way (even if it’s only as a happy listener). Seek out opportunities to involve music in your daily routines (some great ideas here!)

By being an active member of the “Music Teaching Triangle of Success” you ensure that your child gets full advantage of the many, many benefits of music  lessons.”

~Thank you for the post Andrea