Here we are highlighting some of the dos and don’ts for parents that would enable them to make piano learning more interesting for their kids.
Some helpful tips that parents must adopt include:
- Before assigning a professional piano teacher for your kids, make sure that you find out enough details about him and take references from others if needed. A piano teacher who has a professional degree in piano pedagogy should not supposed to be a good teacher. You can even find a good piano teacher who is well-experienced but do not have a professional degree.
- Provide them a functional piano at home. For kids beginning piano lessons, you can also opt for a less costly best digital piano and later can go for something more expensive as you find that your child is taking interest and is progressing.
- Before selecting a piano teacher make sure that he has a personality that would inspire your kid and would have positive impact on your child.
- If your child haven’t practiced well for a scheduled lesson, you should be a motivating source for him so that he shouldn’t avoid his class. You can encourage him/her to be better next time. Prepare him to face challenges rather than avoiding. Don’t be too lenient but do not overdo too.
- It would be great if you could learn basics of reading music along with your child. This way you will be able to encourage your child and help him in teaching his lessons for each day. These basics would make you equipped with knowledge so that you can aid in practicing.
- You should give your child a regular piano practice routine and this should be a time with no distraction around.
- If possible and if teacher permits, be a part of your child’s lesson and listen to his practice.
- Don’t intervene or give comments during lesson without you being asked for commenting. Even if the teacher allows you to sit for practices, you should save your comments until you are asked for contribution. Avoid telling your child what to do or what he should avoid. Remember the teacher is there to help your child progress. So let him do his job.
- Practice sessions should be of short duration for example 10-15 minutes. Shorter sessions would enable your child to have enhanced focus on practice and session would prove to be more beneficial than an entire hour of learning session. Short breaks would be helpful.
- Don’t conclude or rate your child as a failure at piano, if is not able to play his 100% during lesson. He may be playing it really well at home or even if he doesn’t perform well, make sure you don’t be rude or scold him. Mistakes are normal and nervousness during a lesson is absolutely okay. This usually happens with beginners and when your child is playing under stress. Motivate and encourage him to do better.
- Lesson book or assignments should be referred and you should ask your kid to have a look at their assignments and lessons every now and then. Lessons and assignments are something that must not be ignored.
- Anything that your child fails to understand whether it is a lesson or assignment or a part of anything related to piano learning, you should not fear to communicate it to teacher. You may call teacher to solve the problem then and there and must not wait much time. There is no harm if you show hurry in solving any issues that your child may be facing during their piano learning lessons.
- Practice sessions must not be forced. It is important to regularly practice but it is not wise to force your kid to practice for 30 minutes each day. If some day your child is not in a mood of practicing for that much of time, it is okay. Don’t be much concerned about quantity rather focus on quality of practice that would improve performance and recitals of your child. Just keep a note of practice sessions and quality learning. After each session, your goal should be to find out if your child is getting closer towards his ultimate goal. If that is so, it is a sign of success.
Last but not the least!
The most important part is that you should not force your child to learn to play piano just because you want him to or it was your aim but you never was able to fulfill your dream. Let your child make his own choices. If your child is not interested in playing piano at all, even years of practice would not do any good to your child.
The tips that we have shared here do not guarantee that your child will become a successful pianists but there tips are for parents and considering all these details would enable you to make piano practicing more interesting for your child, his teacher as well as for yourself.