Parents’ commitment to music lessons is crucial, too. Parents not only need to make sure children stick to their practicing, but also defend music lessons as a priority when schedule conflicts arise with sports, dance, theater, or other activities.
“A parent has to think it’s important for a child to think it’s important,” said Green. “I had to pick between (Girl Scout age level) Brownies or piano.”
From the Blog: For parents, basic notes when considering music lessons
5/28/2014 02:58:59 am
In my teaching practice, I have come to realize that kids come to music lessons for a variety of reasons. The best students are the motivated students with strong parental support and a desire to improve. With almost 100% success I can show these students that if they practice they will get tangibly better in a very short period of time. There is NO DOUBT that practice pays off, there are no natural-born virtuosos.
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You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.