Ise Oluwa
12 May 1995 | Gospel

Parents Corner


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

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!!!


 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

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.

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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