A child’s schedule is loaded with fun activities all throughout the day. Between school and play, we encourage you to add music classes in their daily schedule too. Studying music can help your child develop a variety of skills beyond just learning how to play an instrument. Music education helps children in terms of academic, physical and social abilities.
It is easier for parents to train if their kids have the natural liking in music. For those who don’t, teaching them to learn basic guitar or piano will not hurt either. The challenge is to get their interest to try at least one instrument. The greater challenge is during the process of training where you need to get the child’s commitment and practice discipline to study music.
Take a few tips from us on how to inspire your children to learn music.
- Choose the right instrument
Picking the right instrument is important for kids to be engrossed in learning. If possible, have your kids try out a few instruments to gauge which one they are most interested in. Although as parents, you may also be watching your budget. You can also consult a music teacher as to what instrument matches with your child’s age that is within your estimate.
2. Enroll in formal music classes
Getting a music expert to train your child will inspire him to learn and get better. Select a music teacher who is great with kids and creates an interactive class atmosphere. Young ones are actually encouraged when they receive proper mentorship so they could master their chosen instrument. The more the teacher makes the class interesting, the more the children make effort to succeed in class.
3. Practice discipline
As much as you want to give your kids freedom, they also need to pick up discipline which can be practiced through learning music. Make them understand that setting a set schedule for guitar or piano practice is essential to master their lessons and get better at playing. Give them minutes and make sure to follow no matter how lazy they can get. Reciprocate the effort by letting them go after each given time for practice. This will inspire them to always attend and finish their practice lessons.
4. Pick the right songs
During practice at home, it is advisable to let your children play music that they enjoy. Their tutors may have instructional songs prepared in class for basic teaching so they need something they can enjoy at home. From nursery songs to Beethoven classics and some Taylor Swift pop music, your kids will certainly love to experiment on playing a song they like to hear or sing along to.
5. Be their No.1 fan
Participation in your child’s music education is important to monitor their development. Visit the class from time to time to talk to the teacher about how your child is doing. At home, let your kids feel that you are interested to know about how they are improving on playing their instrument. Get involved and ask what songs they want to play and sing with them. You will be surprised how joining your child during practices increases their confidence. Be present at their recitals and be their biggest fan.
Learning music requires a high level of discipline and commitment. If kids are working hard to learn their music, parents should work twice harder to keep them interested throughout the process. The experience demands time, money, effort and patience above anything else. We believe that teaching your kids at least one musical instrument is a worthy investment for the future.