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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.