As parents, we all want our kids to be successful in life and the most important thing is to push them in the right direction. If your child is struggling in class, or does okay in school but seems a bit bored or lacks enthusiasm for learning, you need a change of approach. Perhaps your child has other interests apart from books and could be musically gifted. So here’s How to Encourage Your Child to Excel in Music.
Music involves learning how to play an instrument and it can an exciting time in your child’s life. It’s a new experience and the child needs every encouragement from everyone around them. To learn an instrument or how to read musical notes is a skill that can be developed and when practiced consistently, can provide a lot of enjoyment in life. You child can learn these skills by practicing and you can show your support by showing genuine interest.
You should always praise your child’s effort rather than their natural ability. If you praise your child’s intelligence, you’re saying that image is more important and your child will react by taking fewer risks. But when you praise the effort, the child will feel encouraged to take risks, make mistakes, and learn from them, which is the nature of practice and learning.
It takes time to master a skill and you should be in it for the long haul. You should make a commitment to guide your child for an entire year to establish perseverance. Becoming a champion isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon and the same applies to learning music. If you’re the one teaching your child music, remember to stand back once in a while and let your child express themselves. Don’t be an overbearing presence that stifles their creative juices.
It’s not enough to have talent because your child will also need to be disciplined in order to reach their potential. This means establishing a pattern of regular, uninterrupted time to practice. Dedicate a specific space in your home where the child can practice. It needs to be a quiet place with no distractions to allow the child to fully concentrate.
If you buy an instrument for your child, teach them how to properly take care of it. This includes learning how to assemble and disassemble the instrument. Always attend the child’s musical performance at school, and you can also hold concerts at home to encourage the child to follow their musical dreams. Last but not least, encourage your child to excel in other aspect of school and to be a model citizen.