Fresh Ideas to Motivate Kids to Practice

Need some new ways to motivate your child to practice their music? Here are some ideas to encourage your child to practice and learn to love playing music.

  1. Practice with Your Child
    Younger children are always looking for more mommy and daddy time. Why not sit down and go through their songs with them? They’ll be excited to show you what they know, and you can help them push through any difficult sections. Ask lots of questions, and let them be the expert! They’ll be excited to share what they know with you.
  2. Ask Your Teacher to Provide Specific Assignments
    Sometimes it’s easier if the practice instructions come from an outside authority.  A practice assignment with specifics on what to practice and for how long can help your child focus on what’s important.
  3. Find Additional Music That They Like to Play
    From Disney movies to Star Wars and pop songs, there are lots of music books available that could spark your child’s desire to learn. They’ll be excited when they begin to recognize the sound of the song as they’re practicing.
  4. Be Sure to Praise the Effort and Not the End Result
    Praise your child for the hard work they put into practicing, and not the success of their performance. There is a lot of research that suggests that praising the effort is more effective at encouraging them to practice than praising the result. It’s good to celebrate when they succeed, but too much focus on the end result can build anxiety, which will make them less likely to enjoy practicing.
  5. Post Positive Motivation Around the House
    There are lot of positive quotes and stories from both classical and popular musicians that can be found with a simple Google search. Why not post quotes on the refrigerator or bathroom mirror to encourage your child throughout the week? Knowing that accomplished musicians also need to practice could help to encourage your child when their practice time comes.

Here are Dance Pointe, we love positive, involved parents who want to help their children learn and succeed. Please don’t hesitate to check on your child’s progress, and ask what your teacher would recommend for their continued growth and learning.

Author: dancepointepa

Dance Pointe Performing Arts Center's teachers have been affiliated with local dance companies, theater arts and music programs for over 20 years, with university training, certifications through Dance Masters of America, Inc. and professional theater and music performance experience. Our Dance Drama and Music School has given to students of local communities to include Selden, Coram, Farmingville, Medford, Centereach, Port Jefferson Station, Mt. Sinai, Miller Place and many more, an unsurpassed learning and nuturing training experience for Preschool through Adult students in ballet, acro, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and pointe as well as the professionalism and knowledge as artists, choreographers, directors and teachers for over 15 years, with continued education and training in all dance typess. Expanding to provide a broad spectrum of the performing arts experience to students in theater and music training.

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