|26 Ideas to help practicing at home!|
Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.
I am looking forward to a new year of blogging with more fun and creative music ideas.
A lot of parents have been asking me how to get their child to practice their instruments at home. It is important to have the right expectations especially when dealing with children in the 3-8 year old range. At this age we need to keep music fun and interesting in order for their love of music to grow and grow.
So to help with music at home, I have come up with
Appreciate all efforts to sing and play
Believe everyone has some musical ability
Delight in accomplishments – no matter how
Find favorite songs and artists, listen to
them and copy what you hear and like
Get the new assignments from your teacher
Have a set practice check list: Posture, warm-ups, old songs, new songs, and listen
Ignore the moaning-children will moan but
don’t listen to it and keep going
Juggling too many after school activities
will slow down progress
Kick start your day by practicing before
Listen to good examples on CD’s, YouTube
and live concerts
Muscles- build music muscles by playing and
singing scales, arpeggios and chords
No quitting! All desirable goals take time and hard work!
Orchestra and opera- listen and dream about
playing in the orchestra and singing in an opera
Posture- are you sitting correctly at the
piano, holding your violin correctly,
standing tall for singing?
Qualify for a prize – fill out your
practice charts and get a prize!
Relax –don’t hold tension in your
shoulders, back or knees
Share your gift of music with others – play
at recitals, for the family and at nursing homes
Time – play or sing each song at least 3
times before moving on to the next song.
Practice time for 3-6 year olds will only be 5-15 minutes per instrument. Older
children will be able to play longer.
Unite with other musicians- play in
recitals and group classes
View lessons – as parents it is important
to watch your child’s lessons, at least once
in a while, so that you can help
them at home
Warm-ups are important exercises to build
strength in muscles
mood swings, waning interest, tired days from your children and lighten
load for the day but don’t quit! Good
days are just around the corner
You and your children can do it!
Zero in on strengths and weaknesses-Point
out where your child is great (good rhythm, good listening skills)! Some songs require extra practice before they
are mastered so just gently encourage playing it one more time!