Practicing For Music Lessons Can Make A Huge Difference
Posted 2 weeks ago by Harmony Lanz
Everyone wants to learn an instrument at one time or another in their lives. Many kids pick up the instrument of their choice and love it instantly. It’s a magical feeling to hold a guitar in your hands for the first time or hear yourself crank out a melody on the piano for the first time. Playing music, and playing it well, whether it’s your gift or a challenge you’ve set your mind to is going to take practice.
Practicing For Music Lessons Can Be Tough
Obviously, practicing regularly is more fun and easier if you love what you’re playing and have a certain level of enthusiasm for music. Even in the best-case scenario, for the natural student called to music, practicing can become difficult to maintain. Let’s say you start your first practice and realize you aren’t the maestro you hoped you’d be the minute you put that instrument in your hands. That’s tough. Navigating the reality that you aren’t YET the rockstar you thought you’d be is a hard moment. One that as new musicians, we must push through and persevere.
Don’t worry! We get it. Every new musician has faced this moment in his or her career. We know it’s tough but there are a few ways to get through it and succeed at making it something you love and enjoy doing. Along the way, as you apply yourself, you will certainly see the progress.
Tips For Maintaining Music Practice
In the meantime, Parents, here are a few tips on how to make practices transformational:
Choose The Best Practice Time For You
Your child may practice best in the morning or maybe is a night owl so evening practice works best for them. Finding out which will make a huge difference in how practices go. When is the most natural time for your child to practice?
Make sure to Set Goals
Laying out some well-defined goals for each practice will help your child with productivity and at the same time, leave them feeling accomplished by the end of each practice. This will encourage them to keep coming back to practice. You can download and print our Practice Keeper document to track practice sessions to ensure that your student reaches their goals.
Schedule Short Sessions
Doing too much of anything is never good. Practicing an instrument is no exception. Setting practice times as shorter sessions will help a student stay engaged and decrease the potential for burnout.
Set Up Rewards
It’s a great idea to plan something fun to do after practice so that your child has an incentive to meet their practice goal during each practice. It will help to keep it fun to practice.
Your child is new to this and will need a lot of encouragement as time goes on. The first few practices could be very challenging for them as they will just be starting out and are bound to make many mistakes. The more supportive and present you can be during this time will make all the difference for them on their long road to successfully learning to play an instrument.
Keep the Passion Alive
Explore music everywhere! Go to musicals, symphonies, play new songs constantly that highlight the instrument their learning and discuss. Not only is learning music fun, it will help your child learn to explore their passions outside of practice. This will enhance what happens in practice too!