Guitar Lessons @ Home
Keeping the kids engaged @ home
So your son or daughter had just started music lessons. You’ve found a kind and knowledgeable teacher, set up a practice space, and bought an instrument. And then the world went to hell in a hand basket. Now your child isn’t feeling motivated and they just don’t even want to try. By kind and knowledgeable, we are referring to Philadelphia Guitar Teachaer, David Joel!
Here are some ideas to help you avoid endless fights and keep you from going crazy.
Put your child in control
It’s not a secret that when we’re told to do something we don’t always want to do it. Even during this time of staying at home, there is always someone telling kids what to do. Fix this problem by putting your child in control. Let him or her determine the practice schedule, that way they’re more likely to stick to it. Let them plan their own practice schedule and what they want to play.
Help them understand the gift of music
Show your child that playing an instrument is a special privilege and an opportunity that isn’t necessarily available to everyone. Help them discover that music can enhance their life. It will help them develop a love for music. Take them to shows or concerts (in this day right now, that means virtual), play music at home and help them discover what they like.
Be their cheerleader
Let your child know you’re his or her biggest fan, especially early on when your child may feel frustrated or discouraged. Take a genuine interest in their musical journey. They will be excited to play for you and show off new skills!
Let them play music they like
While there are always certain signature songs and classics for various instruments, your child will lose interest if he or she doesn’t like the music they’re playing.
Make practice fun
Incorporate fun games, activities, and challenges, and your child will look forward to practice. Appropriate goals and positive reinforcement will make practicing fun and rewarding. Very few children are self-motivated in their practice. Most need incentives and reminders to keep them focused and moving forward.
Find the right teacher
Although practice is done outside of lessons, if your child connects with his or her teacher, they’re much more likely to practice on their own time. Finding the right teacher will make or break the whole experience for your child. Don’t be afraid to try a new teacher if your child isn’t connecting. The best teachers are usually the ones who not only teach but also know how to be a good friend and mentor to your child. Find a teacher who understands your child’s learning style, and a person who’s able to teach concepts in a way that keeps your child interested. When they like their teacher, your child will be more willing to take direction and practice consistently.