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How to help support your child when they’re learning a musical instrument Part 4

Part 4…. What we do consciously that might actually be hindering our child’s progress

One of the biggest things is helping your child have long term vision, because the child is young. They haven’t experienced as much of life. But did you know that if a child thinks that they are playing a musical instrument for the next 20 years that they’ll progress a lot more than a child who thinks they’re playing the summer?

The type of language we can use to help

So the language you use around the playing and they’re practising for musical instrument makes a big difference to this?

If you keep saying to your child, oh, let’s just see how it goes for a few lessons versus a child who you’ve been saying to them.

Yes, you can play this for the next 20 years if you’d like.

This makes a huge difference to their progress and the way they practice in the mindset of your child. Another thing that parents do that I love and always recommend is taking your child to as many musical related acts. appearances as possible. 

What type of musical things can you take your child to

This could be a local choir or concert Hey gig, an orchestra, anything that involves music, the more they can think of music, the more it will help them progress. It doesn’t matter what genre it is. It doesn’t matter what style it is the more range and explore And a variety that they have in their musical exposure, the more it will help them get inspired And more their brain develops or listens to some kinds of music It seems into their subconscious as well. helps them get more in thesis 

Conclusion

I hope this has given you some ideas of how you can support your child as a parent who is spending a lot of money sending them to musical lessons. 

I’m sure you want them to have this as something that lasts the rest of their life. And really, it’s one of the biggest gifts we can give them an investment into their education. 

I can’t tell you how many adults wish that their parents had kept them in music lessons and wondered why they pulled them out. Often parents saying, Oh, they just didn’t practice. So I pulled them out of lessons whereas for a child, it’s just them experimenting on their boundaries and limitations, and exploring the instrument. So give your child a chance and do these few things to help support them in their play. And you’ll have a child who loves music for life.

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How to help support your child when they’re learning a musical instrument Part 3

Part 3…. What we do consciously that might actually be hindering our child’s progress

The other big thing that parents often think they’re helping their child is by giving their child lots of compliments for their musical play. For example, you’re so talented. That song sound Amazing What a great job. Doing these compliments. 

Praise is a dangerous thing for a child

While seemingly innocent can act hinder a child’s progress on the instrument. Because What happens is that the child is motivated by the compliments and self rather than the work required to get the compliment. 

To change this around, all you have to do is Do observational complements instead. 

Such as “I can see that you’ve been practising Every day” or “I really like the way the piece you played sounded at the end, where It was extremely melodic” 

How to compliment to help your child rather than hold them back

Start complementing on observation about what they’re doing can help them get motivated about putting in more effort into their practising rather than just focusing on the final result.

 You can do these two things, supporting your child and they’re practising and also praising in the correct way that will help your child a lot in learning that musical instrument. 

And these are the two things that often parents think they’re helping their child but actually is hindering their progress. 

So it’s important we get it right. because praise is a dangerous thing, and the words we use can make a huge difference to our children.

There are other things we can be doing to help our child. Hopefully these series of articles will help you understand different things that we think is helping them, but actually isn’t.

Read onto Part 4…. What we do consciously that might actually be hindering our child’s progress. To find out what other things we can be doing to help our children with their musical progress.

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