Tips For Parent of Piano Students

Music lessons are one of the greatest gifts you can give your child. They support your child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development, and instill a lifelong love of music.

Parents, of course, always have the very best intentions but can sometimes get the wrong idea about what their children really need in their music lessons.

Whether your child is about to start lessons or has been playing for a few years now there is something to be learnt from this list of top tips I’ve gathered from teachers and parents.

Read on to see how you can give your child the support they need in theirpiano lessons.

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1. Don’t start piano lessons too young.

If your little one really loves playing music and singing at home, then shower them with musical toys, sign them up for a group music class or Jo Jingles session. Immerse them in music, but keep the private instrumental lessons for when they’re a little bit older.

Most, three to  four-year olds (and many five-year-olds) lack the concentration span, fine motor skills, and reading ability required for private piano lessons. I would recommend waiting until at least the age of five or six in most cases.

If you’re convinced your youngster is ready, then you must commit to helping them practice.

2. Sit down and help them practice.

If it’s a struggle to get your child to sit down and practice each day, sitting down with them may well make all the difference.

Don’t be intimidated if you are not a musician yourself.  Long practice times such as 30minutes a day are not nearly as important as regular practice. Even just 5-10 minutes of daily practice can be effective. See it as quality time with your child, who may only need your quiet presence and support while they play.

I would also suggest keeping the piano in a  “family” space to encourage regular engagement.

3. Focus on practice goals not length.

Thirty minutes can seem like an eternity when you’re eight years old and all you can think about is playtime or your favourite game. Parents often insist on arbitrary lengths of time for practice when what is much more important is practice regularity.

Your piano teacher should be setting your student with clear practice goals that he or she understands.  At home, work with your child and teacher to establish practice goals. For example.  e.g. play slowly through the first 4 bars slowly 4 times and  then play the piace from start to finish twice.

Students will likely end up practicing more effectively for a shorter period. Often the lack of pressure to may encourage them to practice even longer!

4. Don’t constantly remind teens to practice.

Teens demand more independence and often need it. The occasional practice reminder of course doesn’t hurt, but ultimately it is the teacher’s responsibility to keep students interested, engaged, and practicing all week at home.

If the “nagging” is left to the teacher, then parents of teenagers don’t have to be the “bad cop”. The student may then be more keen to share what they have learnt with parents at home.

If you’re concerned that your teen will never practice without constant reminders then, talk to your teacher. You need to feel confident that your piano teacher is enforcing regular practice, and teaching your student how and what to practice.

 

5. Don’t doubt the expertise of the teacher.

Parents are often adament that their child leanrs in a particular way. For example, my child must learn to play Bach, must learn the Moonlight Sonata, or practice for 30 minutes every day. This can undermine progress, and cast a negative view of lessons and sometimes the teacher.

The student’s attitude about music lessons or even music in general could be damaged, possibly longterm.

If there’s no evidence to suggest otherwise, then hold an attitude of openness and trust in your teacher’s ability to do their job well. Left to their own devices, an expert teacher will incorporate your student’s particular skills, needs, and musical interests. You will see the results.

6. Allow students to learn for pure enjoyment.

As students progress through school academic work and extra-curricular activities become more important and piano lessons take a back seat. They may still enjoy the instrument, but the demand of daily practice and achieving goals can lose its fun. Add to this the stress of revision and exams, and ultimately your child gives up.

The solution to this is to change the aim of the piano lessons.

All it takes to keep an older student interested in lessons is a shift in purpose and perspective. Why can’t they focus on stress relief and fun rather than constant technical  goals and progress? Every good music teacher will support this. If they don’t, find another teacher.

I’ve had many parents who have found that making practice optional, letting teens pick up the instrument when they want for fun and relaxation, has kept students happy, less stressed and more passionate about music than they have ever been.

7. Don’t allow students to give up too soon.

All music students go through difficult periods of study. Even music teachers. There will be a time when your child “hates” music, their lessons, their teacher, even you for making them go!

This will happe but talk it through. Talk to your child about why they’re feeling this way and get an idea of what is going on.  It may even be an issue unrelated to their music lessons. Think about readjusting the lesson goals and perhaps playing for fun for a while.  Talk with your piano  teacher about creating new goals and incentives to keep your child engaged. 

8. Don’t expect your child to perform for others.

As a proud paretn it is difficult to resist the urge to show off your childs developing musical skills to others. Learning an instrument is a very personal journey at any age and the fruits of these labours should be shared with others only when the perfromer is ready and willing.

You should encourage learners to participate in recitals and performances of any kind but not force themto perfom. Performances can be highly motivational and possibly the best way to share and enjoy music with others.

Your child will appreciate the respect you show not only by giving the gift of music, but by allowing them to share that gift when they want to do so.

I hope some of these tips will help you and your student get the maximum benefit out of your music and piano lessons. They will make the experience more fun for not only your child, but you too.

 

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