Helping your child practice

Every parent hates to feel they are nagging their child to practice, but it is always easier said than done.  Your child really does want to practice and learn to play well, but most children have no prior experience to know how to stay on track.

Have your child help decide when the  best time to practice each day will be and what should happen if there is a conflict in the schedule you have worked out.  Review all your child’s activities ahead of time and try to avoid scheduling a time likely to create conflicts.

Make sure your child is not hungry before the practice begins, and the child has all the music, the stand and the instrument all ready.  Stay with your child and listen quietly. Your presence helps your child stay on track and keep his or her focus. Remember, regular practice every day goes a long way.

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