No matter how much your kid begged, pleaded, and bargained before you signed her up for bass lessons, by week 3, we’re willing to bet she’s lost her will to practice. A lot of kids want to be rockstars, but even students who love their instruments have trouble motivating themselves to practice. If you have the rare child who devotes 30 minutes a night to mastering a new song, other parents envy you. If not, stay tuned to learn how to motivate your child to practice their instrument.
How Much Should Your Kid Practice?
Short answer? A little at a time. Locking your son in his room with his keyboard may seem like the only way to get him to practice, but more often than not, what you’re really doing is making him hate his instrument. Short, 10-20 minute practice sessions during the week are easier for kids to manage, keeping things fun while they practice. It’s also better for your child’s overall skills if they practice more often for a shorter amount of time. If your daughter practices violin for 2 hours on a Saturday, she’ll lose crucial skills during the rest of the week.
Teach Your Child to Practice
Regular practice is important when learning a musical instrument, but your child must also learn self-discipline. Instead of pushing him to practice, get involved in his musical journey. Take your son to an Atlanta symphony, register your daughter for Rock U summer camp, and ask your kids to share what they love about music. In the end passion, not persuasion, is the key to getting kids to practice.
At Music Matters, we have a full staff of music instructors who love kids and want to help them learn. Visit our music store to find an Alpharetta music teacher who clicks with your kid.