Being a piano student can be somewhat isolating. It’s not like you are on a team where you meet your peers twice a week at a rink and play together. It’s all about you alone at the instrument everyday doing something that can seem less than rewarding. So, as a parent, how can you help your piano student? Here are a few.
When your student comes home from their lesson have them show you what they learned. You may not understand what it is, but go through their lesson book through each item your teacher has written and have your student demonstrate what each of those items are. If the student can’t do anything written, immediately contact your teacher so that they can help solve the problem ASAP. Don’t let a week go without getting help! Not only does having your student show you what they have done in lesson show you if there are any issues, but they can feel good about showing you what they know, inform you of anything they might have learned new, and it gives them a chance to review what they learned in lesson.
Make sure your piano is in a place that is frequented by your family. A family room, a living room - somewhere that isn’t out of the way. Practicing piano shouldn’t feel like you are being sent away to do your work. Parents can make sure there are limited distractions during practice time by clearing the area for the length of the practice, but ultimately the piano should be in a place of prominence.
Make sure to sit with your student from time to time. Ask them to play their favourite piece or exercise. Ask them to teach you something they have learned, or teach you something so you can join in with them. If you want to do a duet with your student, let your teacher know - we have access to duets for parents and students.
Praise your student. Sometimes it feels like we don’tget anywhere by practicing but when parents listen in and say good things about the piece it can make a student feel so much better about the process.
There are so many ways to support your student - these are just 4. If you want to know how else you can make practicing smoother for your student, please just ask! We have lots of techniques to help!