The word “practice” is a mythical word these days. Your child runs through their pieces from top to bottom without thought, you are unsure how to support your child in their practice, and weeks can go by without progress. Your kids have a million after-school activities, and it’s easy to let practice time get lost in the mix. Then, your child arrives at their next lesson and faces one of the following dilemmas:
- Trying to fake their way through their assignments and hoping their teacher won’t notice they didn’t practice.
- Begging to skip lessons.
- Starting lessons by coming up with a long list of excuses for not practicing.
In our fast-paced world, busy families like yours don’t have any time to waste. Here are a few ways to make the most of your child’s time at the piano, so that students, parents, and teachers alike hear the results they’re looking for!
- Play all assigned scales and exercises (remember, mastering these is the key to producing music your child loves!)
- Work toward small goals (provided at lessons with your teacher)
- Clap and count out loud
- Say notes out loud while playing
- Play with a metronome
- Play slowly with a steady beat
- Do all the steps above hands separate and hands together
If you hear the above happening at home on a daily basis, congratulations! While your child won’t sound like Mozart of Beethoven overnight, he or she will make leaps and bounds in their music experience. In the world of music, fun and diligence go hand in hand! If you’re ever needing more ideas on how to practice at home, never hesitate to ask your child’s teacher. We’re here to help!