- Short & Frequent
Practice should happen as frequently as possible – 10 minutes in the morning and afternoon 4-5 days a week, is FAR better than cramming in a big session, right before seeing your teacher for your lesson. Add it to the family calendar and make small practice sessions a part of your weekly routine.
- Reminders are OK
Having to remind your child to practise doesn’t mean they don’t like music! Not every child will run to their instrument with excitement (and the initial excitement of starting an instrument will eventually wear off).
Children have lots of stuff to do! Sports, homework, dance, tutoring and many other activities… it can be easy to sometimes push music down to the bottom of the “to do” list. It’s just about getting music practice into the routine of your household. You may have to remind your child to practise a few times, but once they get into the swing of things, it’ll become a natural part of their extra-curricular activities!
- Be Involved
Sit in on lessons with your teacher, and home practice sessions when you can. You will be able to see what your child is working on, help them out if they need a hand, and maybe even learn a thing or two yourself! You will see that the way music is taught now is very different from the way you learnt as a child. Make sure you read any homework notes that your teacher has written, to ensure your child is practising what your teacher has asked them to do.