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.