Tips for Parents

pianoYouth2 articleLearning to play an instrument is a life-time achievement.

It is a journey with many ups and downs and we must take the good with the not so good.

Remember that practice here and now is working for a future filled with beautiful music making!

Stick with it!

It will be worth it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three locations serving all of HRM including Dartmouth, Sackville, Halifax, Bedford, Beaverbank, Hammonds Plains, Tantallon, Eastern Passage, Cole Harbour, Mount Uniacke and Fall River.

Proper Practice Skills

Proper practice skills require regular reinforcement from both parent and teacher. 

In-class practice scenarios will be facilitated by the teacher to provide hands on, constructive learning that is proven to be successful then taken home and enjoyed.

Communication is Key!

Communication between teacher and parent is key!

Please let your child's teacher know if practice is a struggle so they can help you work through it.

Tri-communication: we keep the lines of communication open between student, parent and teacher.

Does the lesson seem too demanding?

Let your teacher know so they can change the lesson plan to suit the amount of time that you have.

Are you a busy student?

Students who are involved in many activities should talk to their teachers.
Your lesson objectives can reflect how much time you have to practice.

Practice Vs. Playing

Practice involves goals and an action plan.
Playing has only one goal: getting to the end of the song.

Listen to your child's practice!

Are they repeating sections of music to reach a certain goal?
Playing the song louder or softer?
Playing with the metronome to make it faster or play steadily?

Losing Interest?

The time of the year may have something to do with it. Your child may actually be getting tired and the upcoming break will be appreciated. Just before Christmas, just before March Break, the middle of April to the end of the year. Evaluate your instrument. Is it out of tune?

Has your child out grown the keyboard they are using?

Try learning a favorite song from the radio - with music or even by ear!

If your child is in RCM and getting bored with the music you can add in some modern music to spice things up. Instead of 100% classical music you can work in a percentage of any other style music they would like to play.

  1. 50/50 RCM and Modern
  2. 20/80 RCM and Modern
  3. Any combination that suits your childs needs

We have a lending library that has books available for your children to borrow.

Please speak with their teacher if your child would like to try one.

Musical Style Choices

You have a choice!

  1. Classical
  2. Modern
  3. Jazz
  4. Old Time Favorites
  5. Blues
  6. Sight Reading
  7. Improvisation
  8. Composition
  9. Practice Helpers

We have regular recitals!

This may be what is needed to motivate your child.

Many children will show interest when their parent shows interest - sit in on their lesson, ask them to play for you at home, take a lesson yourself!

  1. Pair practice with a reward. No practice, no reward.
  2. TV time
  3. Computer time
  4. Money
  5. New piano book

Practice Charts

We have many goal oriented practice charts for all ages, levels, abilities and learning styles to help keep students on track.

They can be found in the Resources Menu under Downloads

To keep track of how many times a song has been played, place 5 objects on one side of your child and each time the song is played the child places one item on the opposite side.

Studio Incentives for all Levels

The studio offers all students incentives for weekly practice!

Beginner to Bastien Level 2 or Alfreds Level 3

Age 5 - 9: Points system - every 50 points = a prize
Age 9 and up: Stamp Chart - 12 boxes filled with stamps = a prize

RCM - Royal Conservatory of Music

RCM Charts: 6 stars = a prize