How to Help Your Child With Their Music Learning
Parents often ask us what they can do to help their child become a better musician. At Myriad, we provide all the instruction and structure young musicians need to succeed. But having helpful, encouraging parents does make a big difference! That’s why today’s post is all about how to help your child with their music learning!
Help Them Get Ready to Practice
When it’s time for your child to start their daily practice, there’s a few things you can do to help them get ready. First, ask them to read their assignment sheet to you, so you both know what they’re going to be working on. Then ask them to show you some of the techniques for good playing that they’ve been learning in class. Give them a hug, high five, or other form of encouragement before they get to practicing! And when they’re done practicing, remind them to put a check on their practice schedule for the day, and make sure they know how good they sounded playing.
Help Them Practice When They’re Away From Their Instrument
While daily practice sessions with their instrument are very necessary, they’re not the only way to get better! You can help your child with their music learning by helping them practice certain skills away from their instrument. This actually helps them to retain important musical abilities, and lets them shift their focus for a bit.
Good examples of musical skills that can be worked on without an instrument are note reading and rhythm.
To practice note reading, we provide all of our students with a note finder game that they can play anywhere.
You can have your child pick their favorite tune out of their lesson book – or even just a song they really enjoy, perhaps one that’s easy to dance to – and show you how they can step the beat and clap the rhythm while counting out loud. This is a skill that Myriad’s younger students learn and utilize in many of their lessons. If they can feel the steady beat in their body while performing rhythms with their hands, then transferring it onto an instrument becomes exponentially easier.
Helping Your Child With Their Music Learning Should Be Fun
The most important thing you can do to help your child’s music learning is to help foster your child’s love of music. Encouraging their practice and playing, and listening to and talking about music with them, both go a long way to setting them up for a lifetime of musical enjoyment and success. And trust us: if your child is taking music lessons, and you care enough about their music learning that you’re reading this, you’re doing a great job!