Many parents have children in music lessons even though they have never taken lessons of their own. For parents who are not musically inclined, how to support their music education can seem like an issue. For parents without a musical background, it is important to communicate with their child’s instructor. This is important to know and understand how your child is progressing and the things they are having difficulty with and should be devoting practice time at home for.
It is also important to communicate with your child about how they feel about their music lessons, practice times, classmates, and their teacher. If a teacher brings up concerns about your child’s music education, it is important to listen to these so they can be corrected or worked on to improve upon.
It is also important to give your child a space that they can focus on their music without distraction or interruption. By setting aside twenty uninterrupted minutes that can be dedicated to the piece they are working on it is easier to succeed. Often pets, TVs or radios, and siblings can make it difficult for a child to focus during lesson time. By removing these distractions with their own area to practice you can really make the most out of the time put in.
Most importantly, your child needs your support and praise. The best way to help your child in their musical journey is to be their biggest fan. By showing how important their commitment is and that they are doing a great job your child will be more motivated in the future to do well during their lessons and want to practice more at home. Showing your child the importance of what they are doing is the best way to get them excited and passionate about expanding their musical abilities.