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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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Once your child is keen on learning an instrument, the next step is to choose a teacher. For many parents, this means searching around for a good private instructor.
Ask the parents of children who are already learning music, friends and others in your community for recommendations. Word of mouth is a good way to find a teacher.
Ask your Child for Feedback
Before registering for your child, it is appropriate to ask your prospective teacher if trial lesson can be observed. Choosing an effective music teacher could be based on the qualification and teaching experience. But a great teacher needs much more than the shiny master’s degree on the wall, they need to have the heart, spirit and dedication to turn making music into a magical experience for her students. After the trial lesson, ask your child for feedback. Young children may not be able to analyze the experiences during the trial, but they will know what they liked, and whether or not they want to go back.
Trust your Gut Reaction
An effective teacher helps your child end each lesson on a positive note, inspire them to feel proud of their accomplishments, and motivate them to practice during the week. To any teacher, it is important to notice and respect that the teacher’s age may not be a deciding factor, for instance – the very youthful private teacher has more than one trick up her sleeve which could be a good sign of patience for engaging the students and overcoming challenges for students with shorter attention span.
Are you ready to make a choice now? Trust your gut reaction. You know better what teacher is best for you or your child.
Your expectations for your child’s musical learning journey could be as intensive as skipping grades to achieve certifications or it could be truly a skill that your child will eventually learn to enjoy playing their music pieces.
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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.