THE PARENT’S ROLE
Always keep in mind that your support is a key element in your child’s success with music
Music achievement requires effort over a period of time. You can help your child by:
• Providing a quiet place in which to practice
• Remaining nearby during practice times as often as possible.
• Scheduling a consistent, daily time for practice.
• Praising your child’s efforts and achievements.
• Assure that they are addressing all the focus areas outlined in the lesson by reviewing
the notebook and comments written on the music. (Ask your child to show you what each
hand-written comment means and what the teacher wants them to do differently this week as
a result, so their playing improves).
WHAT TO DO
To give your child the best possible support, you should . . .
• Encourage your child to play for family and friends
• Offer compliments and encouragement regularly.
• Expose your child to a wide variety of music, including concerts, and recitals.
• Encourage your child to talk with you about his or her lessons.
• Make sure your child’s instrument is always in good working order.
• Allow your child to play many types of music, not just study pieces.
• Listen to your child practice, and acknowledge improvement.
• Help your child build a personal music library.
• Assist your child in creating a music scrapbook of certificates, pictures and ribbons
• Try to get your child to make a minimum two- year commitment
WHAT NOT TO DO
Your child’s progress will be greatly enhanced if you . . .
• Don’t use practice as a punishment
• Don’t insist your child play for others when they don’t want to.
• Don’t ridicule or make fund of mistakes or less-than-perfect playing
• Don’t apologize to others for your child’s weak performance
• Don’t start your child on an instrument that’s in poor working order or condition
• Don’t expect your child to have the same level of enthusiasm month after month, year
after year. There are always hills and valleys and times when the child’s personal growth
requires a temporary focus in a different direction.
The Barbara Taylor Music Studio