Everyone wishes to learn an instrument at some point in their lives. Many children fall in love with their chosen instrument the moment they pick it up. It's a magical sensation to hold a guitar for the first time or hear yourself play a melody on the piano for the first time. Playing music well, whether it's your gift or a challenge you've set yourself, will require practise.
The Practice of Music Lessons Can Be Difficult
Obviously, practising regularly is more enjoyable and easier if you enjoy what you're doing and are enthusiastic about music. Even in the best-case scenario, practising can be difficult to maintain for the natural student called to music. Let's say you start your first practise and realise you're not the maestro you hoped to be the moment you pick up that instrument. That's difficult. It's difficult to accept that you aren't yet the rockstar you imagined you'd be. One that, as new musicians, we must persevere and push through.
Don't be concerned! We understand. Every new musician has experienced this phase of his or her career. We know it's difficult, but there are a few ways to get through it and succeed at doing something you love. You will undoubtedly see progress as you apply yourself along the way.
Tips For Maintaining Music Practice
In the meantime, Parents, here are a few tips on how to make practices transformational:
Choose The Best Practice Time For You
Your child may practice best in the morning or maybe is a night owl so evening practice works best for them. Finding out which will make a huge difference in how practices go. When is the most natural time for your child to practice?
Make sure to Set Goals
Laying out some well-defined goals for each practice will help your child with productivity and at the same time, leave them feeling accomplished by the end of each practice. This will encourage them to keep coming back to practice. You can download and print our Practice Keeper document to track practice sessions to ensure that your student reaches their goals.
Schedule Short Sessions
Doing too much of anything is never good. Practicing an instrument is no exception. Setting practice times as shorter sessions will help a student stay engaged and decrease the potential for burnout.
Set Up Rewards
It’s a great idea to plan something fun to do after practice so that your child has an incentive to meet their practice goal during each practice. It will help to keep it fun to practice.
Your child is new to this and will need a lot of encouragement as time goes on. The first few practices could be very challenging for them as they will just be starting out and are bound to make many mistakes. The more supportive and present you can be during this time will make all the difference for them on their long road to successfully learning to play an instrument.
Keep the Passion Alive
Explore music everywhere! Go to musicals, symphonies, play new songs constantly that highlight the instrument their learning and discuss. Not only is learning music fun, it will help your child learn to explore their passions outside of practice. This will enhance what happens in practice too!