So your child has just started music lessons. You’ve found a knowledgeable and experienced teacher, to set up a practice space, and bought an instrument. But here’s the problem: No matter how excited your child was in the beginning, your kid simply doesn’t feel like practicing.
To help you avoid endless fights and keep you from pulling your hair out, we’ve put together this collection of strategies to help you motivate your child to practice.
Understand their attitude
If for any reason your son or daughter is not enjoying their lessons, you should talk to them to find out why. Is it not a good fit with their teacher? Do they not feel comfortable and at ease in their lessons? Are they not learning the pieces they’d like to?
Make it a routine
Make a practicing a routine- something that your kids just do, like brushing their teeth, eating breakfast, or going to school. They don’t have to think about it or decide if they should do it or not. They just do it because it’s what’s expected of them. This will throw light on what is expected from them.
Track their routine
It is important for students to track their practicing. You can use a practice chart. Your child’s teacher can create one for your son and daughter each week. Just being asked to mark down when you practice improves the amount of practicing substantially.
Make Practice Fun
This should not come as a surprise — no one wants to practice when it’s boring! Incorporate fun games, activities, and challenges, and your child will look forward to practice!
Take them to a concert
As a reward system and a way to inspire them, you can take your children to a concert, where they can appreciate the instrument used and the musical journey.
Wondering how your child fares on the skills shared in this article? On the Mai app, you can assess these skills, along with getting daily activities which your child can do to improve each of these skills.