Getting a child through music lessons can be a trying time. Like a lot of disciplines, being successful in music means putting in a lot of time and effort in the beginning foundational stages. You, as the parent, have to plant musical seeds and provide for them if you want to reap the musical blessings later. Here are a few ways you can help plant and nurture your child's musical talent.

4 Ways to Support Your Musical Child

Getting a child through music lessons can be a trying time. Like a lot of disciplines, being successful in music means putting in a lot of time and effort in the beginning foundational stages. You, as the parent, have to plant musical seeds and provide for them if you want to reap the musical blessings later. Here are a few ways you can help plant and nurture your child’s musical talent.

1. Schedule Practice Time. Practice is important. Practice makes perfect. Practice is how you get to Carnegie Hall. So make practice a priority. Take out your planner and pencil in some music time. Much of the rest of our lives (and our child’s lives) are scheduled to the minute, so why not our practice time? Even if your schedule only allows for a block of ten minutes, schedule those ten minutes and enforce them.

2. Participate. Sit down with your child at least once during the week for their practice time. Check-in with your child and make sure they know what they’re doing. Reach out and touch base with your child’s teacher if necessary. Yes this will take up some of your time. But, this gesture will show your child that their music is worth your time and is important.

3. Encourage. Tell your child they are sounding wonderful. Nuture the seeds you’ve planted with kind words and attention. Diary of a Piano Mama, an online blog, has a great chart you can print off with a list of encouraging things you can say to your child.

4. Bribe if necessary. Motivate your child with a little something extra if necessary. Make a practice chart where they get a prize after logging so many hours/minutes of practice. Maybe put a marble in a jar overtime they practice, and when they fill the jar your child can get a special treat. Rewarding your child for their practicing can help establish and reinforce good habits to help them become beautiful musicians!

If you have a musical child and are currently seeking instruction for piano, voice, guitar, or strings, please contact Music Star Studios  today!

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