Kids love to sit and watch their teacher play an instrument, and often think that by sitting in the “Special Chair” in the teaching room that they will somehow instantly be able to play better. Sorry kids it won’t happen, practice at home is essential. This does not need to be 30 minutes every day, but a little a few times a week to build muscle memory is better than nothing at all.
It is essential that parents of young students become involved, even those parents who “don’t have a musical bone in their body”. However by helping your child develop a positive approach to practice, and not just expecting them to do this on their own, is an essential element of getting VALUE FOR MONEY from your lessons.
Learning to play an instrument and to read music is like learning maths and another language all rolled in to one. It doesn’t come naturally and they will need help in establishing the best habits to progress as best they can. It isn’t easy and ALL students will go through a learning curve where sometimes they will accelerate along, and then hit a brick wall… this is a natural part of learning. If you HELP to set realistic expectations of what can be achieved and CELEBRATE the small milestones the child will stick with it.
The Musical Ladder System at Learn2Play Music has been implemented to help reward our students to celebrate achivements. There is recognition in this that the earlier stages are going to need to be encourage more, so we reward at 3,6,9, 12 and 15 months before moving out to 6 monthly. This is to enshrines the love of music and their instrument of choice and to reward the hard yards at the start of their learning.
If you any questions about practice or the Musical Ladder System then please see your Learn2Play Music teacher.