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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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How to help support your child when they’re learning a musical instrument Part 2

Part 2…. What we do consciously that might actually be hindering our child’s progress

If you read part 1 of How to help support your child when they’re learning a musical instrument. You will have read about parents who leave their children to practise on their own, expecting it to be something they have self discipline to do themselves.

Pushing your child to practise constantly

On the other hand, some parents do the exact opposite… but in a way that may on the surface seem very supportive. But can actually have negative consequences for your child.

Some parents think that they’re helping their child with musical learning is to push them into doing as much practice as possible. 

Often, this has the backwards effect of what you’re looking for. 

Remember, when we were a child and the more our parents wanting us to do something, the less we wanted to do it, sometimes you just need to give your child their own space. 

So besides helping them build a practice of practising, don’t try and get them to sit down for 60 minutes straight and practice something maybe just do five minutes and see how it goes from there. It’s better for them to do five minutes every day than a whole 60 hour once a week. 

Helping your child to enjoy their musical journey

Try to minimise the negative association when it comes to practising music. 

A lot of parents will shout and tell their child off for not practising. Even make them cry during the process….

It should be something that they enjoy the journey of, if they are going to play it for the next 20 years. Then the more fun they can have practising and enjoying learning the instrument the better because it is a journey and it’s not a destination. 

You could do things like sticker charts, rewards, etc. to help them build a habit. Instead of treating practising like a punishment.

Read onto Part 3, to find out what other ways parents often think they are helping their child but actually is hindering their child’s musical progress.

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How to help support your child when they’re learning a musical instrument Part 1

Part 1…. What we do consciously that might actually be hindering our child’s progress

 As parents, we spend thousands of pounds a year sending our kids to music lessons, sporting lessons, and all sorts of other extracurricular activities. 

And in this article, I’m going to specifically talk about musical education. As something that’s so important for children to have, and it really helps them to develop their brains in different ways. And become a more rounded person. 

As important as it is, for the child, to be motivated to learn to play the instrument. It is important in the parents role, to be supportive, not just paying for the lessons. 

But there are so many other things that parents are consciously and subconsciously doing that has massive effect on your child’s musical education in both the short term and the long term. 

Talk about a few ways that parents often consciously think they’re benefiting their child in the way that they support. them but actually things might not be as they see the biggest thing in supporting their child. 

Getting a child to practise by themselves

Often parents think that they should be teaching their child to learn to practice by themselves. Actually, for children, it’s very hard for them to get the self discipline required to practice a musical instrument on their own. 

They do need support from you. A lot of parents think they should just leave them to it. See how they get on, often ending up complaining that their child isn’t practising and pulling them out of lessons. When children need parents to help them to create a habit to create a schedule to help keep them motivated when things get difficult or get tough. 

Think about for you going to exercise or going to the gym. 

How many adults give up on going to the gym? It’s the same with children, except their self-control element of their brain is even less developed in ours. It doesn’t fully develop until you’re 25. 

So they do need support in this area. 

Go to Part 2 to find out what other things we might think we are doing for our child’s own good that actually is hindering their progress.

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