My child doesn’t like to practice. How can I help motivate them?

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. 

Set goals.

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.

More questions?  Click here for more information on how much practice time to set aside during the week.