Practice is an important aspect of any music endeavor. It is said that to get good at something it actually takes about 20 hours of practice – that’s 45 minutes every day for a month. Whether your kid takes guitar, piano, or drum lessons, a few hours of daily practice can help them learn better.
Unfortunately, this can prove to be difficult, especially with kids who would rather be doing other things. So, how can you increase the chances of your child practicing at home so that they are ready for their lessons next week?
Here are the tips that parents may be able to benefit from:
Turn Mundane Practice into Entertainment
The word practice may come off to your child as work. Play is a word that encourages fun and exciting images in your head, whereas practice often discourages those images. So, create a culture where kids are rewarded to try new things.
For example, you would say “Come on, Ross. It’s time to play the drum for a bit” rather than saying “Ross practice your drums for a while at home every day.”
You may even want to consider speaking to your music instructor (or search online) about some fun practice games. This may help to encourage your child to practice the instrument more frequently at home if you’re making things fun.
“Encourage your child to practice the instrument more frequently at home with fun.”
Just Be Creative!
As your child is practicing, consider asking to write a little song for you. They may tell you that they can’t, but encourage them to give it a try. Tell them it doesn’t have to be any more than just a couple of notes.
Once they achieve this, and they will because they have a huge imagination, your child is going to feel extremely proud of being able to express their creativity outside the drum lessons. To make things even more fun, offer to learn the notes that your child just came up with. In other words, let them teach you!
Right Location is the Key
More often than not, the setting of the drum at home is something that will either make or break practice time for your child. For example, if the instrument is in the basement (where it shouldn’t be because of the moisture), your child is not going to be encouraged to play. This could be because it’s cold and gloomy or it could be because the child is scared of the basement.
While the drum shouldn’t be in the living room right next to the blaring television, it should be somewhere that your child feels comfortable. There needs to be some sort of privacy, but your child also doesn’t need to be or feel secluded.
The dining room is an excellent option. The key here is to make sure that your child is comfortable and happy.
“Keep the drum somewhere that your child feels comfortable.”
Throw Critique Out of the Window
When children are learning the drum or any other instrument, criticism can frustrate them and disappoint them – so much to the point that they quit and don’t want to learn anymore. So, avoid criticism. Be appreciative. Reward your child when you can, even for little things.
For example, if your child practiced for 30 minutes without stopping, reward them with something.
When your child finally plays some beats through and through with no mistakes (or just a couple minor ones), praise them.
With these easy tips, you can encourage your child to practice beyond the drum lessons that they take. Lone Star School of Music provides the best music classes that make learning fun for children and adults alike.
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