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One of the greatest barriers that prevent the breakthrough for learning to play an instrument in the long run is the idea that music is just for fun. It might be true to bring music appreciation to children as young as two to three years old. However, as your child progresses, it takes time and effort to turn their music pieces into something beautiful. Practice!
If you child is already learning music, there are five ways that you could inspire your child to practice at home.
Children that are between three to seven years old need higher level of supervision. Often times, the instructions/points to note are given by the music teacher in the notebook or music pieces. Read them.
Silence is golden. Your child needs concentration during the practice session. Ensure an environment free of distractions for instance; sounds from the television programmes or activities that will distract your child will make the practice session more productive.
Encourage practice as everyday activity
Instill daily practice as part of the activity, just like brushing your teeth every day. It helps further by following the instructions/points to note given by the music teacher in the notebook or music pieces.
Perhaps, ask your child to teach you how to play the instrument! It helps to reinforce what they have learnt in class. Your child may repeat the same song many times during the week, but practice makes perfect. Motivate them to practice and resist from saying, “Why are you playing the same song again?”
Reward your child for practicing the instrument regularly. It could be as simple as, “Practice this song well and you will receive ...” This reward system hopes to gradually build confidence and commitment in your child when learning an instrument.
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Parents play the most important role in helping their child learn. In fact, home is the child’s first school, and parents are their child’s first teachers.
Children are like Detectives – Learn through Observing and Experimenting
Children learn through exploring and making sense of the world around them. Upon crossing the road, for instance, your child may be curious about the cars and traffic lights. You could take the time to stop, observe what is happening, and direct the child's attention to the details. "Let’s watch and see what happens when the light turns green. See how fast the cars are moving?" – But, safety comes first.
How to help your child to learn?
Children are like Copying machine – Learn through Watching and Modeling
Unconsciously, a child’s learning process involves watching and modeling people close to them, this includes language and behavior.
What would be a more positive approach to help your child to learn?
Children are like Children - Learn through Play
Perhaps, this is one of the key processes of a child’s way of learning, learn through play. Parents may encourage learning by providing some basic materials in-house or organizing outdoor activities to extend their play.
What materials would be helpful for my child to learn?
What would be more rewarding than watching your child enjoy their learning and getting better each time? At Learn 2 Play Music, a child’s learning is the primary focus of parents and teachers. First, we learn to play music together, thereafter, we play music to learn together. Free trial lesson is available to experience it! Start off your music adventure with us, click here to register or call us @ 6384 1031 for more enquiries.
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Studies at University of California suggest that taking music lessons at age 3 can increase your child's brainpower. At Learn 2 Play Music, we have designed music & movement lessons, piano-based group lessons for children from age 3.5 to 7. Through our observations, we believe there are significant benefits to start music lessons at a younger age.
Results have also shown that despite having the same amount of musical training and experience, musicians who started training on an instrument before age 7 showed better accuracy, precision and stronger connections between motor regions that help plan and carry out movements such as fingering and coordinating both hands than those who began lessons later on. This study was conducted by the Concordia University and the Montreal Neurological Institute.
In the similar way, children who learn piano at a younger age often become more musically inclined than those who start later. To maximize your child’s musical potential, especially at a very young age, parents are also encouraged to be involved in your child’s music learning journey.
Give your child a head start by exploring our Early Music Learners, suitable for age 3.5 to 4 or Graded Piano Course, suitable for age 5 and above.