Your child will improve and get the most of their music lessons only if home practice is effective!
Here are some ideas of making it work:
Concentrate on consistency – not time!
The best way you can help your child to succeed is to build a habit of practice. Once practicing is built into the daily routine, issues such as motivation disappear. When parents talk to me about lack of motivation to practice, especially in the early stages of learning, in most cases I know that it is because they have failed to build a good practicing routine at home. In these cases I have only one recipe – work on developing a daily habit!
Don’t just practice! Have a plan!
Determine when is the best time of the day for your child to practice. Then determine a time for the practice session. The time you spend practicing at home should be about the same as the time you spend during your private lesson.
Mirror your teacher’s instruction!
During practicing, follow your teacher’s instructions precisely. Your practice session should be very similar to the way the teacher leads the private lesson. If this does not work out as well as you planed, don’t be frustrated. Instead, simply make a note on what exactly is going on and be ready to discuss it with your teacher at the very next lesson.
Communicate everything with your teacher!
Your teacher needs to know about your home practice in order to be able to help you and your child. Be very honest with your teacher and with yourself. Think about going to your private lesson as a doctor’s appointment. The doctor needs to know what is wrong in order to make things better.