8 Ideas to Motivate Your Child to Practice
Motivating children to improve their skills is not a simple job, even less in these times when there are so many distractions, implementing habits of discipline represents a challenge for parents and teachers. It’s a fact that you can’t force children into something they don’t want to do, however, there are non-invasive methods of persuasion and motivation to guide them into the musical discipline.
First of all, we have to bear in mind that pretending to teach children to be disciplined with a musical instrument should be like teaching the same habit of study, it’s important to teach them how to prioritize between their responsibilities and the extracurricular activities. Again, nothing should be by forcing them, and parents must teach from their own example.
The importance of music in the education of children is essential since this has positive effects on the physical and psychological areas. That’s why you should learn about music, with the purpose of teaching the discipline of music in a more effective way.
Children respond to music and get interested in it from very early ages, being the mother’s lullabies the first contact they have with music. However, the recommended age to introduce children to learning musical instruments is from 5 to 7 years. It’s prudent to do so from these ages because the instruments require a development of physical and motoric skills, using the hands, fingers, arms, lips and breath control (in case of wind instruments).
Next, we will give you 8 strategic orientations to motivate your child to study her/his instrument and create habits of discipline:
- Allow your child to choose the instrument. To give them this freedom will allow them to be encouraged to study and guarantees to a large extent that they will not abandon the instrument.
- Daily practice is a must, without exceeding the time of 11 minutes. Zoltan Kodaly, a musical pedagogue recommends limiting the practice time to only 11 minutes since the attention span of children tends to disperse after this time lapse.
- Practicing after having rested is more effective.
- Encourage the study by sections, that is, teach her/him to study the pieces in parts instead of playing it all at once.
- Parental control during studies and classes should always be active, in collaboration and understanding with teachers. The parental control during the classes can stop being face-to-face from the age of 13.
- Take the child to concerts where she/he can see and hear the instrument being played by more advanced or professional students.
- Attending musical performances and concerts in which the child participates serves as motivation and offers a bigger sense of support.
- Praise him, encouraging at all times the goals of learning and effort, never cause the child to seek to please through the practice looking for any other type of rewards.
We hope these 8 tips are useful to encourage your child not only to be more disciplined at the habit of musical study but also to promote the love for music, don’t forget that it’s very important that children enjoy their practice at the same time they enjoy the beautiful stage of childhood.
About the Author
Jose is a student of musicology and a big fan of books and science.
He lives in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and works as a freelance writer. His main profession is writing articles about music-related topics like music therapy, how music can cure diseases and what it does to the human brain.