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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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