Get Your Child To Practice

Child enjoying practice at the piano

The day will come when your child will play the piano well enough and will practice without revolt, out of a sense of joy that music has to offer. Until that blessed day arrives, the following are suggestions to help smooth the road.


Physical Practice Environment

First, create a "practice zone" or a space that is friendly to practice. Is the piano reasonably in tune and do all the keys work? If not then consult a piano technician and plan to make some repairs. It's better not to insist your child continuously play with the practice pedal engaged. This distorts both the touch of the mechanism and the tone of the piano. Encourage your child to develop a  schedule with a fixed daily routine. This way practicing will become a habit like brushing your teeth. Choose a time when the mind is fresh. A good time is after school and a snack or before doing homework or watching television.  Strive to make this time free from distraction and extraneous noise. Encourage the family to respect this practice zone.


Psychological Practice Environment

Having created a physical environment that is friendly, is there more we can do? Following are some suggestions for utilizing positive reinforcement and building musical self-esteem. Help your child to set goals and record the achieved goals using a sticker chart. Stickers and young children are amazing! Set some time aside and sit down and listen to your child’s music. Find something to compliment. If you hear a well shaped melodic phrase then remark how much you enjoyed hearing it. If you notice your child sitting tall on the bench, mention it. When your child has successfully learned a piece or two, stage a home recital. Invite members of the family, relatives, neighbors or friends.


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