8 Ways to help your Child
- Be enthusiastic! Show them that you think learning piano is very exciting and love everything they do.
- Anticipate your child’s ups and downs. You may have to cajole them through the bad patches.
- Know when to help, when to support and encourage, and when to step back.
- Make practice a daily routine and make sure your child practises what they should be doing every week.
- Stress that they always need to be thinking what they want the piece to sound like. What does it make them think of? Make up little stories about the piece based on the sound.
- Encourage them to teach you!
- Keep your sense of humour when resolving practising issues.
- Always make it clear how proud you are of them.
8 Things to Avoid!!
- Try not to nag or sound irritated. It is important to portray music always as a pleasurable activity.
- Never belittle your child’s efforts!
- Avoid feeding your own ego through your child.
- Although it is good for a child to play in front of friends and relations if they wish, don’t push your child if they don’t want to. This can lead to performance phobia later.
- Don’t worry about temporary lapses in practice, but do worry if the lapses are too often. For good progress to be made your child should be practising most days.
- Don’t threaten to stop lessons if they don’t practice. Learning piano is a long term goal. Encourage them to practise and ride it out. Otherwise you may have to carry out your threat!
- Don’t EVER criticize your child in the presence of others. Never make your child lose face. And don’t criticize your child in front of the teacher. This may undermine the relationship the teacher has been building up. Better to speak to the teacher privately.
- Don’t expect gratitude for letting your child take piano lessons. Your child has no idea of your sacrifice and it may be years later that gratitude is voiced.