Ise Oluwa
12 May 1995 | Gospel

Parents Corner

HOW YOU FIT IN

Always keep in mind that your support is a key element in your child’s success with music study.

Schedule practice times

  • Much achievement requires effort over a period of time. You can help your child by: providing a quiet place in which to practice.
  • Remaining nearby during practice times as often as possible
  • Praising your child’s effort and achievements
WHAT TO DO

As a parent is to:

Always keep in mind that your support is a key element in your child’s success with music study. To give your child the best possible support you should:

  • Encourage your child to play for family and for friends.
  • Expose your child to a wide variety of music , including concerts and recitals
  • Encourage your child to walk with you about his or her lessons
  • Make sure your child’s instruments are always in good order.
  • Allow your child to play many types of music, not just study pieces
  • Listen to your child practice and acknowledge improvement
  • Help your child build a personal music library
  • Try to get your child to make a minimum two year commitment to his her music studies.

NB: Provide a quiet place in which to practice!!!

WHAT NOT TO DO

 Your child’s progress will be greatly enhanced if…

  • You don’t use practice as a punishment
  • Don’t insist your child play for others when they don’t want to
  • Don’t ridicule or make fun of mistakes or less-than perfect playing
  • Don’t apologize to others for your child’s weak performance
  • Don’t start your child on an instruments that’s in poor working order or condition
  • Don’t expect rapid progress and development in the beginning
IF YOUR CHILD LOSES INTEREST

In the vent your child loses interest in his or her music studies, don’t panic

  • Discuss the situation with your child to determine why their interest is declining
  • Talk to your child’s music teacher to see what might be done to rekindle their enthusiasm
  • Encourage your child to stick with lessons for an agreed to period of time
  • Offer increased enthusiasm and support.
Acknowledgement

This is an excerpt from Message to parents by various organizations such as American Music Conference, Music Educator National Conference, and Music Teacher National Association & National Association of Music Merchants

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