Congratulations on enrolling your child in piano lessons! This is the beginning of a great adventure of learning a new language, developing skills, learning about perseverance and most importantly, how to express creativity. We are super excited for you!
As a piano parent your job is essential to the success of your piano student! Positive reinforcement, adhering to a routine, providing an environment for your child to practice and encouraging performances are all in your new job description. But we can help!
- Review What They Learned in Lesson. When you child comes home from their piano lessons it’s a great time to ask them what they learned and have them show you - even if you don’t know or feel comfortable with learning an instrument. Your interest in what they learned is super important. Having a piano student review verbally what they’ve learned in their lesson and show you on the piano are excellent ways to reinforce what was learned! *Bonus tip - have your child teach you something they learned in their lesson.
- Routine, Routine, Routine. Starting your piano student on a practice routine from the first day of piano lessons will help them to develop a schedule, and will reduce headaches for you in the future. Parents who set up a specific time for students to practice on a daily basis have the best chance at success with music. And students learn that this is the time they need to practice (like they need to brush their teeth before they go to bed) so it becomes second nature. *Bonus tip - sit with your student as they practice. Go through the lesson notes and have them check off the work they were assigned. Not only are you doing this with them, but you are learning the process of practice so you can help them later!
- Minimize Distractions. We are all easily distracted, so if your piano is located where the TV is, turn off the TV. Ask other members of the family to leave the piano area for the duration of the practice. Make the practice time as focused on the task at hand and you will see results. *Bonus tip- although minimizing distractions during practice time is very important, having the piano in an area where the family spends a lot of time is important too. Having the piano in a high traffic area can encourage students to play their pieces for the family even when it’s not a scheduled practice time!
- Promote Performances. At GSDM we try to have a performance a month for students. Some of these performances are very low key and others are very formal. Encourage your child to perform at them frequently so when they get up to play they’ve had lots of practice and aren’t as nervous. *Bonus tip - have your child perform for you and your family. Make it a big deal that they can play piano - it will result in more practice!
Congratulations on becoming a piano parent. We promise to help you as much as we can!