Learning a musical instrument is different from most skills your child will learn. Your child only meets with their teacher, at best, one time a week; unlike other activities that will require multiple meetings or practices throughout the week. Learning the piano is also a multi-layered processing skill that requires repetition so that some of the layered processing becomes automatic. Therefore working at home on pieces is vital for skill development.
Here are just a few ways that you can help to support your child so that your child gets the most from their time learning a musical instrument.
1. Establish a consistent, after school schedule. Children thrive with rituals and routine.
2. Create a comfortable and inviting playing area, perhaps surprise your little musician with fresh flowers, a special pencil, or little special treats left near or on the piano.
3. Ask your child what they are learning. Ask them to show you or tell you about it.
4. Attend recitals and other events, try to invite as many relatives or friends as possible.
5. Take piano lessons yourself.
6. Replace “practice time” with “playing time.”
7. Attend your child’s lesson, if not each week, then periodically. Afterwards, talk about what you really liked about the lesson.
8. Consider setting playing goals for the week, perhaps with some sort of incentive.
9. Turn home playing time into a game.
10. Show your child how important music and learning the piano is to you, your child will value what you value.