Parents are their child’s first teacher and role model. So as a parent your involvement in helping your children learn music will help them become successful in their music education. Your continuous support will ensure that your child sees music as a fun activity and will not in any way feel like they are being forced to study. To help your kid be ready for music lessons, you should consider spending time with your child listening to some of your favorite tunes. Always keep a collection of nursery rhymes or songs that would help prepare them for both the lesson as well as engage them creatively.
As your child becomes more and more active and feel they need extra stimulation, then you can look for group music classes. Group music lessons offer a lot of benefits, first your kid will come out of their shell and mingle with other children in the same age group. This build their social skills and creates a comfortable learning environment for them.
One learns music by doing and as a parent you should find schools that offer ample opportunities for students to perform in front of an audience. This could be as small as a classroom or an e-concert. Regardless of the audience size, performing to others builds confidence, self-esteem and teamwork which reflects in all areas of their lives.
Secondly, you should ensure that you find the most appropriate class for your child. When choosing a music school or a teacher, ensure that your child enjoys spending time with their teacher.
Thirdly, once your child starts his or her music lessons, continuously follow-up and support them in their learning journey. Talk with their teachers and collect regular feedback on your child’s performance and improvement areas.
Lastly, while at home follow up with your child’s practice and homework exercises. It is your responsibility to ensure that your kid practices regularly.
How do you ensure that your child has a successful experience learning music?
1. Give them company until they are comfortable taking lessons alone with the instructor.
2. Ensure they practice regularly and enjoy what they do.
3. If they don’t seem to be getting it, considering taking them out of music lessons for a while.
4. Don’t force your child to perform if they aren’t ready or confident with their abilities.
5. Expose your child to music early-on and ensure there is always music at home. Learning music is always not about playing an instrument rather just one aspect of music education.
Exposing your child to new forms of music would help them appreciate varied rhythms and melodies, build their aural skills, awareness about different instruments and more!
Now how do you find teachers who are the right fit for your kids?
1. Look for a teacher with a warm and welcoming personality
Studies indicate that teachers with a caring personality are generally able to retain the interest level of students and motivate them to progress faster. Children are also more comfortable opening to such teachers and generally more enthusiastic and positive about music classes.
2. Look for a teacher with formal background in teaching
A music degree need not necessarily mean that the individual is a great teacher, but it does ensure that the person has formal education and background in teaching and performing music. Most degree or certificate programs provide training in teaching. Also, it is helpful to know the track record of the music teacher, having trained students in the past successfully would help you ensure the quality of music instruction you could find for your child.
3. Ensure that the teacher has a clear lesson plan
A good music teacher keeps continuous track of their students’ progress in several areas such as musicality, technique, new repertoire, preparation for performances, theoretical knowledge and much more! To ensure that you can find the best music instruction for your children, ensure that you ask the potential instructor how they plan to teach music to your child. Ask them if they have any short- and long-term goals for your child based on their initial observations.
Ensure you collect regular feedback and improvement areas for your child. As a parent it also important that you support your child and encourage them to practice at home and follow up on the teacher’s suggestions.