1. Create meaningful ways to perform!
Performing as much as possible will boost your child’s confidence. However, you could do even better by creating opportunity for them to give back through music. For example, my students right now are thinking about doing anti-bullying concerts. They have performed at community centers and at children hospitals. Talk to your teacher and see if that might be something they would be interested in doing.
2. Have your child help younger children!
Want to develop your child’s character? Then, provide situations where your child or student can help others. Of course that can be done outside the music lessons. However, I do believe that music education is a vehicle to develop character and both music playing and character development can strengthen each other.
3. Give choices! It is empowering to young people!
Do they need to practice – YES! Do they need to be consistent – YES! However, within the practice session you can give your child choices. They can pick the order of the review pieces, make up new words to the songs, make up a game, etc. Listen to you child – they get much more creative than adults do and they will help guide you to the best way for them to practice.
4. Help your child see the benefits of music!
It is very important to step back and take the time to appreciate our child’s progress. Have they extended their practice time? Have they leaped through different pieces? Has their enthusiasm grown? Have they made new friend through their music classes?
Talk to your child about it. And talk about it often. Help them see how and what they have achieved.
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