When practicing an instrument, at times, can feel very repetitive, tedious and even boring. This is particularly true with young musicians as it is easier for them to become distracted with other things or become unmotivated after practicing for a while. With there being so many distractions today, it becomes more important for parents to properly motivate their children to succeed.
When musicians are over-whelmed with other activities such as school, work, or chores, it distracts them from wanting to practice their instrument. Students should find time to practice within these responsibilities. As a parent, allow your child to take multiple breaks throughout their work to practice their instrument. Giving these breaks to your children makes practicing their instrument more exciting and looked forward to. These breaks can be short and very effective, for they wont be distracted with other things to do. I have seen 15 to 20 minutes work best for young students.
Another effective way in motivating your child to practice their instrument is by rewarding them. Rewarding a child with something is a great way to encourage them because your child will see the benefits of practicing as they will continue to improve as well as receive small rewards. In many cases, they will start to practice without needing a reminder. These rewards can be very simple such as treats like a piece of candy or taking them to the movies after a month of dedicated practice. Making sure your child continues a productive habit of practicing their instrument will mold them into being much better musicians.
Find a Teacher That Motivates Them
There are numerous music teachers that are not fully dedicated to expanding your child's talent as a musician. These types of people should not be allowed to teach anyone. Take the time to find an instructor that will push your child's music abilities in a fun and exciting way. Students should be excited to attend their lessons, should enjoy spending time with their instructor, and should be having fun growing in knowledge. There are many music stores, shops, schools that have great instructors who care about your child's ability in becoming the best musician they can be; why waste the money for one who doesn't?
Learn With Them
A child who see's their parents engaging in what they are learning makes it more exciting for the child. It can also be an incredible bonding experience. Take the time to participate in their music and practicing. Simply asking them about their lessons can help as well. Ask them to show you what they've learned, ask them to teach you about the content they learned from their lessons, and sign up for classes with your child. All of these things are extremely beneficial in motivating your child to keep practicing because it shows them that you're interested and that you care.
Have A Friend Join Them In Lessons
Children love doing anything with a friend; therefore, encourage your child to invite a friend to take lessons with him/her. This is a very effective way in making lessons more exciting to go to. And, having a friend with them in their group class allows for some friendly competition. Having your child being accompanied by a friend throughout lessons would allow their interest to grow in wanting to practice more. Sharing in lessons will lead your child and his/her friend to practice together.
Specify a Dedicated Practice Space
Having a dedicated and distraction free location to practice makes a huge difference. It works best for students to practice in the same space or room every day. If possible, this location should have no electronics where they can get distracted with television, games, computers and other things.
Encouraging your child to practice an instrument can be difficult with there being so many distractions, but when you know certain techniques to spark their interest, it can be very simple. Provide your child with exciting new ways to engage in practicing their instrument. With there being so many advantages to kids learning music, it would be unwise to not have your child learning music and practicing regularly. Take these six examples as a start, and I'm sure your child will begin to find the excitement they once had when they began to play.
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