How to Motivate Your Child to Practice:
Piano for children is an excellent way to develop motor skills. Studies have even shown that teaching children piano at a young age can raise their I.Q. as much as three points. The challenge is to get your child to the piano to practice on a regular basis. Here are some ways to encourage your children to practice piano.
Join your child in his piano practice. If you play the piano, join your child at the piano for an occasional duet. Your child will enjoy the interaction and the attention and he'll discover how much fun piano practice can be.
Allow him to play “fun music” Sometimes piano practice from a technique standpoint using scales and other exercises can become monotonous for a child. Let him take an occasional break to play fun music that appeals to him but may not be part of his official lesson plan. Show your child that piano practice can be fun.
Take an active role in your child's piano practice. On occasion, stop and really listen while your child practices piano. Let him perform a mini concert for you and give him praise when it's justified. Children love to please and a few encouraging words can make them try harder. This can go far towards cultivating your child's enthusiasm and interest in the piano.
Break your child's piano practice time into shorter intervals. If your child becomes restless practicing for thirty minutes, break his practice segments into two fifteen minute intervals at different times of the day. Children tend to have short attention spans and may accomplish more at shorter intervals.
Use a reward system. It will help to motivate your child if you post a calendar on the wall in his room. Each day he completes that day's piano practice for the full time interval, he can place a gold star on that day. At the end of the month, allow your child to redeem his gold stars for a special gift or a special privilege.
Schedule regular piano practice into your child's day. Try scheduling the day so that a certain amount of time is set aside for your child's piano practice. Have a designated time that's devoted to piano on a regular basis and make it a regular part of your child's routine. It may help to post a sheet showing which hours are designated for piano practice. Post it in your child's room so he can see it on a daily basis. During your child's piano practice time, there should be no distractions such as television or phone calls. You child will make more progress when piano practice becomes a regular part of his life like brushing his teeth in the morning.
-----Advice from Dr. Kristie Leong
Lily Yeh Piano Studio
Private Piano Lessons near Boston, Brookline, Newton, Cambridge, Belmont, and Watertown, Massachusetts
Studio Location: 100 School St. Unit 2
Watertown, MA 02472
Studio phone: 860-377-2603