If you have a child who is 100% driven, passionate, and willing to practice music for hours at a time, count yourself lucky. Many kids beg their parents for music lessons, but don’t put the work in after the thrill wears off. Other kids are encouraged by their parents, teachers, or peers to start music lessons, but never really connect with their instrument. Music lessons are proven to increase creativity, create smarter thinkers, and make kids happier overall. You want your child to get the most out of his music education, but how? Here are 7 ways parents can help kids become better musicians.
Getting Parents Involved in Music Education
- Make it fun. Learning an instrument may be hard work, but it’s much harder for the kids who see it as Homework: Round 2. Create an environment of discovery and excitement when your child practices her instrument.
- Remove distractions. When your child practices, create a “home studio” that’s free of electronics, pets, siblings, and other distractions.
- Encourage passion. How can you help your child regain their passion for an instrument? Show them that it’s a worthwhile skill. Help them find popular songs they’d like to learn, educate them about famous musicians, and sit down for an impromptu home concert (no matter how many times you’ve already heard it).
- Change how you see practice. Practicing music shouldn’t become a chore. Instead of locking your kid in a room for 30 minutes, assign him a goal. That could mean 4 sets of scales, 5 repetitions of a new song, or an impromptu rock concert for Grandma via Skype.
- Make your life more musical. Take in concerts, symphonies, and musicals as a family. Find the kind of music your child loves, and do your part to make it part of her daily life.
- Don’t miss lessons (unless you have to). When you lead a busy life, it’s easy to let music lessons become that “extra” activity. “We’ll go if there’s time,” is a bad stance to take with your child’s music education. Kids need consistency to master new skills. Try to make it to music lessons unless in case of accidents, illness, or a big event you just can’t reschedule.
- Talk to the teacher. Check in on how your child is progressing and ask if there’s anything you can do at home to help. Share any struggles your child is facing that may affect the lessons (such as feeling overwhelmed with homework or getting easily distracted outside of school).
At Music Matters, we take care to find the perfect teacher for each student. To learn more about our teachers, instrument sales and rentals, or ways you can encourage your child’s music education, call Music Matters in Alpharetta.