Now that we’ve all started our first lessons, there’s one little (big) topic that needs addressing.
That’s right: PRACTICE!
This week I met some young musicians who were absolutely shocked to learn that there was ‘homework!’
Now, first of all, music should be a rewarding and interesting experience. Let’s not equate it to doing long division! Without those daily explorations on their instrument, pupils will arrive at the next lesson lost and frustrated that they’re not progressing.
I’ve read a few articles to try to find the best advice for you, but honestly some of the recommendations were so bonkers that I’ve decided to have a crack myself. Here it goes!
How to encourage your child to practise:
1. If this if your child’s first week of lessons, all you need to do is create the habit of picking up the instrument every day. No matter how dreadful it sounds, this daily habit is what will spark the curiosity they need to keep coming back and to keep improving.
2. Use the Practice Schedule that was given to your child this week. Get them to colour in or tick the box each day. When they fill in the whole week they’ll get a sticker from me and they’re on their way to getting a prize! (Remember to pack this in their folder on lesson day!)
3. Ask questions! If you are curious about the instrument, your child will be too. If you can’t wait to hear and understand what they learned, they can’t wait to show you!
4. Stuck for time? Schedule a set time every day for practice. Some people find that first thing in the morning before school is the only time they can fit in practice and that is IDEAL!
It’s great to be back to school and on our way to making some great music! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment below!