How To Encourage Your Children To Practice


When searching about information on how to help parents with motivating their children to practice, I found the following tips, many of which I have been pointing out in my posts:

A few selected points from a teacher’s point of view: (block letters by the author, bold letters by me)

1. FIND A GREAT TEACHER. This is EXTREMELY important in motivating a child; a bad teacher can be a real deal breaker for a child’s musical progress. A good teacher will not only help your child to learn and develop into wonderful pianist, but can also be instrumental in finding music that will motivate your child. If your child likes his or her teacher, he will practice more often during the week in an effort to please her.

2. MAKE MUSIC A PART OF YOUR FAMILY’S LIFE. Take your child to the children’s symphony or a free outdoor concert in the summer. Watch performances on of pieces they’re learning (“Ode to Joy” seems much more impressive and exciting when played by an orchestra!). Play classical music in your home, and maybe even consider taking a few lessons yourself so that you may discuss what you’re learning together!

3. MAKE PRACTICE TIMES PART OF YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. While it is nice to envision our children running eagerly to the piano every day to practice, this is probably not very likely. However, this doesn’t mean we should give up and let our children quit. Make piano practicing part of your child’s schedule, ranking in importance after homework. If they know it is not negotiable, they will be less likely to argue and more likely to develop good practicing habits and continue progressing at their lessons.

A few selected points from from a parent’s point of view: (bold letters by me)

1. Never force your child to practice. There is nothing original about the story of a child who rebels against her parents’ wishes. When an idea is pushed on a child, it is only natural for her to resent that idea. The last thing you will want your child to do is to resent piano practice. This is such an important tip that I will repeat it again. Never force your child to practice.

Things You’ll Need: Patience


A few selected points from from a parent’s point of view: (bold letters by me)

1. Make sure your practice room is free of distractions during practice time. Ensure that the room is not too warm or too cold. Doing these things helps to create a comfortable and conducive practice environment.

3. Take your child to see live music, especially piano, performances. There are many free or inexpensive concerts available. Check your community events calendar at a library or city hall. If there is a pianist that plays at your local mall or department store, then take your child to watch! Expose your child to as much live music as you can. Not only does it inspire a child to see others perform, but also it helps build an ear for music.

4. Encourage music in your child’s life. Sing together, dance, listen to as much music (recorded or live) as you can with your child.

5. Notice that in the previous tip it says, “with your child”. It is important to let your child know that you support her in all of her endeavors. Be a part of her practice even if it means tapping out the rhythm of the song with her or simply being an audience member.

10. Do not force or threaten your child. This will make him resent practice.

11. Be a supportive parent. If your child wants you to be around during practice, find that time.

A few selected points from from a parent’s point of view: (bold letters by me)

3. Don’t focus on time. There isn’t a magic number that makes sense for a child to practice. A half an hour a day can be an eternity to an early elementary-aged student, while it wouldn’t be nearly enough for a child in high school. Let your child’s progress and enthusiasm, balanced with their other activities, dictate how much practice time is right for them.

5. Play with them. If all else fails, make piano practice time together time. Have your child explain what they see in the sheet music and teach you. This will reinforce what they are learning in the lesson and provide strong support for your child’s practice time. As time goes on and practice gets easier, you can ease off your participation.


I hope these help!

Teresa Wong

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