We have found during the past two weeks at the Music Gym the students who have exams practise much better. Funny how a deadline for something can bring out the best in people. But we want to ensure your child practises their music consistently and enjoyably.
Here are 7 tips to get your child to enjoy their music practising.
Make it part of your routine and for only 15 mins a day, this is better than an hour block/week. It is also better than cramming before their lesson as it gives your child to feedback anything with the teacher during the week.
Make sure their instrument is out and easily accessible, this will encourage them to pick it up and play more often and serve as a reminder too.
Take time to listen to them play, ask them if they would like to play for friends and family. Ensure to give positive feedback and not highlight the mistakes made, if there are any.
Video their progress and show it to the teacher. We use lots of our videos in our social media feed, as we love to celebrate the successes accomplished by our students. It’s lovely to look back on too.
Use the homework set by the teacher as a prompt for them, our homework is engaging and the videos offer another opportunity to see a breakdown in the steps in songs learnt.
Write out the songs your child can perform and put them into a lucky dip jar. You can pull a few out for them to play that practise session, you can add new ones as and when necessary.
Positively reinforce practise by offering them a reward for each full week of practice, this could be educational such as a book on their favourite musician.
If you have enjoyed reading this and found it useful, please let us know.
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