A common misconception is that a parent should not have to remind their child or force their child to practice. When a child complains about practicing or doesn’t practice without being reminded, parents often misconstrue there normal behaviors as a sign that their child should lessons because they weren’t meant for it or don’t love it enough. It is normal for a children to avoid practice. Practice takes effort!
As with anything, learning or developing a skill takes practice. This is nothing we can do to change that fact. A little practice time over several days during the week will directly affect progress and results. Those who give effort will get rewarded. What a valuable lesson this is to teach our children. This will pay off BIG over their lifetime.
Consistency is the key to getting results. Attending lessons regularly and follow through with the practice plans at home will give you what you need to keep motivation hight. It is normal to have ups and down in practice motivation, but the longer you stay with lessons, the most you will se yourself growing and developing your skills and achieving your goals, and the the highs and lows will even out when you realize the progress. Every student and teacher has days when they don’t feel like practicing, but we all go ahead and do things we don’t feel like doing when we are working towards something valuable. Getting your children to practice, even when they don’t want to is just one part of the progress when your child is learning or developing a new skill.
Set the same time every day to practice so it becomes part of their daily routine. Generally the earlier in the day the processing can occur, the less reminding is required by parents to get he student to practice. Also, breaking up the practice period into two 15-minute increments (morning and evening) can be very successful, especially for younger students.
Try this method when setting partite schedules for beginners: for some students 20 to 30 minutes seems like an eternity. Instead of setting a time frame, use repetition. For example, “practice this song 4 times every day and this scale 5 times a day.” This can apply to partaking a monologue, or a scene. This way, the student does not pay attention to the amount of time they are practicing, but knows that if they are on repetition number 3, they are almost finished. Note: Set the number of repetitions to fill the length of time set aside for practicing.
This works well for both child and adult students. Parents can encourage children by granting them occasional rewards for successful practicing. Here at Pink Couch Studios, if students punt in the practice they are rewarded with the opportunity to perform in one of our many showcases throughout the year. Praise tends to be the most coveted award – there is no substitute for a pat on the back for a job well done.
Most importantly – HAVE FUN! Music and arts should be something that you enjoy for a lifetime. So, try not to put unrealistic expectations on yourself or your children to learn too quickly. There are always going to be ups and downs to learning a new skill. The most important thing is to be willing to persevere, and enjoy the musical experience!