Has your child recently started online music lessons? You’re definitely excited and proud of them. But are you struggling to be encouraging parents for your musical child? If you are unsure where to start, and how to start, we’ve got your back!
We have compiled a list of ways to help you encourage your musical children regardless of your musical background.
Make Music A Lifestyle
The first step to being encouraging parents is to adopt and make music a lifestyle within the family. It’s as simple as listening to music together or singing with each other. You don’t have to know musical terms or singing above average ranges to have a green pass. You can explore different music like popular songs, movie soundtracks, or nursery rhymes. The point is to appreciate the music that is present in your daily life. By doing so, children will love to engage themselves with music from a young age. They will grow curious to explore more music by themselves eventually!
Value your Child’s Practice Time
Next, we often overlook our children’s practice time since there are many agendas at work or home to attend to. While some children are motivational on their own, most children need a boost. Practice sessions are dull if we overlook their efforts since they are by the living room corner. But, it’s valuable if we make practice sessions a fixed plan by setting timing and reminders. Help them prepare their books and listen to them practice. Don’t let other things compromise their practice time. Strive to support and encourage them as they practice well.
Designate A Physical Space for Practice
Designating a physical space for practice is also crucial to encourage children. It doesn’t have to be a fancy exhibition, but a clean and comfortable space free of distractions. This could be setting their keyboard or piano in the corner of the living room or their bedroom. Next, allocate a space to put their learning materials. Keep these books, musical folders, pencil cases, and metronome accessible. We can even encourage them to be responsible for keeping their practice space clean. It grows so much responsibility and independence. If you are still unsure about the best setup, check out our guide!
Build A Close Relationship with Their Teacher
Being encouraging parents also means bonding with their teachers. Firstly, getting to know your child’s teacher will help you know if the teacher is a good suit for your child. Then, a respectful relationship will allow you to build clear communications. Since this is a team effort, don’t be afraid to ask about progress. Ask when you need guidance about their learning patterns, or if you have any concerns at all. Our team of friendly teachers are delighted to answer questions and update your child’s progress regularly. We love proactive parents!
Communicate With your Child Regularly
Even if you reach out to your child’s teacher, you can’t seek help if you don’t know the root of the problem. So, get involved by sparking conversations with your child about their music lessons. Go beyond the surface of how classes were, but taking time to hear the pieces or techniques they are working on. Even if you are unfamiliar with music history or theory, communicating is an excellent way to learn their difficulties. Parents don’t have to provide musical answers. Leave that to the teachers. Instead, understand their concerns and help them navigate through these difficulties. This will teach them how to approach different problems that come by.
Compliment your Child
The last and most meaningful way to be encouraging parents to our musical children is to compliment them. Compliments are an encouraging way to reinforce positive behavior in children. Yes, we usually support and recognize their efforts by saying “Good Job” each time they practice. However, children pay attention to the attention and care they receive, so meaningful and sincere praises will be ideal.
If you struggle to compliment your children on the technical side of music, their teacher will. On the other hand, parents can use descriptive comments to compliment their actions. For example, how much they improved, how expressive they played, or how patient they worked to learn a new part. Praise them when they practice distraction-free, clean their instruments, or even put away their books. It’s simple when you think of music as a lifestyle, more than a subject.
While parents are encouraged to grow along with their children’s musical experiences, there isn’t a fixed way to do it. Some parents find independence and discipline an excellent approach to music education. Others find close guidance and help more valuable for their children. It’s beneficial to try various methods to find the best outcome since each child is different. Now, we hope our parents at String Soul are able to confidently encourage musicals children!
Just try. Start your journey as a supportive musical parent here!