Practice can often feel like a chore for some children. Help make music fun and accessible for your child by being enthusiastic about practicing.
Create a distraction free zone.
Designate a positive and distraction free practice space in your home for your child. Remove screens, toys, non-music books to help children stay focused on the task at hand. Make this space a special spot for music making.
Structure your time efficiently by talking through the goals of the practice session before beginning. These goals can be as simple as learning a new scale, memorizing four measures, or vocalizing a cadenza. Having a realistic goal in mind helps students stay on track and keep from being discouraged.
Incentives and rewards.
Rewarding your child for completing practice time can be a good incentive to help uninterested children focus. But be aware of how you’re rewarding. Telling your child they can watch TV or have a snack as soon as they finish practicing, doesn’t encourage productive practice time. Instead, reward your child for goals met during their practice session.