How Parents Can Inspire Their Children To Practise!

I was incredibly fortunate to be brought up by parents who were very supportive of my musical interests and understood intuitively and  by experience, how they could best support my musical journey. One of the most beneficial results of their support is that I’ve always had and will continue to have a love of learning .

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Four easy ways to inspire a love of music.

Even parents who are not musical can support their childrens music practice:

  1. Listen to lots of music and discover new music together.
  2. Sing music together.
  3. Learn the basics of reading music.
  4. Practice piano together.

You don’t need to have any musical skill to add these activities to your daily routine. But it  may involve a little practice or careful listening in your child’s piano lesson to learn the basics.  However, the payoff is likely to be huge. Children who live in a musical home in which one or both parents practice their love of music, and proactively support their children’s musical education, are much more likely to be successful music students and persevere with lessons.  Many students quit after a year or two through a lack of parental interest in their musical journey.

1. Listening to and discovering music together

Debated for centuries is the question as to whether there is such a thing as “better music” and “worse music.” I’m not going to argue the case here for either. However, music educators are in agreement that there are ‘great’ composers, music and artist that represent the epitomy of their craft. I was very fortunate that my father had an eclectic taste in music. I was exposed to 1970s heavy rock, bebop and cool jazz as well as the music of  the ‘Great Composers’ like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Rachmaninov. Did I like it all? Of course not! However over time I started to rediscover the music myself, listening to the same vinyl records and CDs over and over again. Being exposed to music at such  young age was absoloutly influential in my own musical development. I started composing my own pieces around the age of 8.

As a parent, your willingness to learn about and enjoy the art of music, whatever that means to you, will inspire your child to discover and deepen their own musical tastes. 

2. Singing.

The voice may well be the first musical instrument on this Earth! I remember singing rhymes with my mum at home and at primary school. I sung throughout my school days in nativity plays, musicals, and choirs. Some people feel uncomfortable singing in front of others but young children will not judge you.  Sing nursery rhymes and action songs together, sing along to your favourite songs. Youtube has a backing track for everything these days so go and grab your hairbrush and get singing!

Singing trains the musical ear, which is a valuable skill for every music student.  As a trainee teacher, I took a few voice lessons and was told I could sing in tune at least. Whilst I would never sing in public I’m more than happy to lead a singing rehearsal and belt out a few notes. Sing with cofidence, don’t worry about what comes out. Demonstrating that it is ‘safe’ to express yourself in this ancient musical activity will also build a strong foundation for learning the piano. 

3. Learn the basics of reading music.

Even if you can’t read music, learning the fundamentals of music notation will give you greater confidence in your ability to help your child practice as they develop their own skill. Becoming a fluent musical reader takes many years of study and practice. However, you may be surprised to learn that adults can develop an understanding of the basic concepts and symbols fairly quickly. Your perseverance will inspire your child to do the same and its another opportunity to learn something new together.

Learning the basics of reading notes on the grand staff (the two groups of lines and spaces on which piano music is notated), interval recognition (the distance between two notes on a staff or two keys on the piano), and note durations is quite useful. This musical language is the key to revealing the secrets of the piano and it’s enourmous repertoire.

4. Practice piano together

As a young music student, my father would often sit with me while I practiced and help me work through the week’s challenges. Learning to play a difficult and challenging instrument like the piano can be quite intimidating for people of any age. It can also be a lonely endeavor at times; although this teaches perserverance and determination. It’s you, two hands, ten fingers, your music and brain power. In my experience younger piano students whose parents sit with them as they practice new concepts and music are more likely to succeed in the long run, and enjoy it. This doesn’t mean coaching and intervening, which is likely to be counterproductive, but simply being there and ready to answer questions and diffuse the frustrations of a young learner.

Sharing in the experience of practicing, you can help your child learn how to practice effectivly. So much of piano study is learning how to practice well. Learning how to practice well at home, between lessons, is the key to good progress. There is a lot to learn about how to practice the piano well, but reading the notes and practicing suggestions in your child’s study books, as well as suggestions offered by their teacher, and gently reminding your child of these approaches as needed, will certainly keep them inspired and motivated.

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Don’t wait for next year. Don’t wait for a time that is convenient. Don’t wait until your are more confident or less stressed or depressed. Start learning now because you:

1. Have a desire to.

2. Might enjoy it.

3. Will discover a happier you and improve your mood.

4. Can prevent the onset or delay Alzheimer’s or dementia.

5. Can find a used keyboard on ebay, Facebook Market place for less than £20.

6. will find someone giving away a free piano on Facebook Market Place.

7. may inspire yourself an others.

8. will discover new music.

9. can  always fill those ‘duller’, boring periods of your daily routine.

10. will prove to yourself that you can do it!

 

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