Music is an artform. Like all artforms, music takes patience, practice and hard work to truly be beautiful. Getting to that point where your son or daughter can stand on a stage and play Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven is no easy task. It requires teamwork between both you and your child to reach that goal. If you aren’t sure how to help nurture their gift then follow these quick tips to help your child become a better musician.
Let Them Choose
Everyone has their own preferences and the same can be said about music. You might enjoy classical piano music, but the same can’t be said of your son who has a guitar on his wall and a cowboy hat on his coat rack. It helps to let your child decide which genre he or she wants to pursue and what type of instrument he or she wants to play. Your child will eventually lose interest in the music he or she is playing if it doesn’t match their preferences.
Make a Practice Schedule
Setting a routine is something we do on a daily basis to be able to plan ahead and use our time efficiently. What most adults don’t know is that setting a routine sets an expectation that you’ll be eating breakfast at 6, heading to work at 7 on Monday, the day after that, so on and so forth. At first you’ll have to adjust to the new schedule but eventually you adjust to it and start following it without even thinking. The same can be said about setting a practice schedule for your child.
At first, he or she will be insistent on either going outside to play or get on their gadgets and leaving the practice for after lunch. Help them stick to their schedule by being there when they need to practice. Eventually they’ll get used to their practice session schedule and start picking up their instrument at the same time everyday at the same hour without you reminding them.
Be a Role Model
Show your child how to succeed by being their role model. Children copy what their parents do and showing them how it’s done can motivate them to try harder. Practice a new instrument with them or show them how to play their instrument of choice if you already know how to play it. They’ll not only appreciate the fact that you’re putting in time and effort to teach them but also enjoy doing what they love alongside you. You might even learn a thing or two yourself.
Every parent wants their child to be successful, and every child wants to be successful like their parents so be their role model and show them how to succeed.
Support Your Child
Being the parent of an aspiring musician means that your child will be looking up to you for support when he or she can’t quite get that score right.A few encouraging words can go a long way to giving your child the motivation he or she needs to make that final push to learn how to play that score flawlessly.