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Cultivating Musical Passion: A Parent's Guide to Encouraging Practice

Updated: Jun 10


As parents, we understand the struggle of getting our children to practice their musical instruments. The constant nagging, the resistance, it can all feel like an uphill battle. But what if practising music could be a joyful experience rather than a dreaded chore? At Marcy's Music Center, we believe in fostering a love for music practice right from the start.

Girl sat at the piano playing music


Here are some insights and strategies we've found effective in encouraging our young musicians.


Foster Intrinsic Motivation


Instead of resorting to coercive methods, focus on getting your child to want to practice. Create an environment where practising feels like a choice rather than an obligation. This can be achieved by making practice sessions enjoyable and rewarding.


Encourage Collaboration


Music is inherently social, so why not make practice sessions social too? Organize fun duets or group practice sessions with your child's friends. Collaborative music-making not only makes practice more enjoyable but also fosters a sense of camaraderie and teamwork.



A girl playing the violin

Create Performance Opportunities


Nothing boosts a child's confidence and motivation like performing for an audience. Whether it's a family gathering or playing at an assisted living facility, provide opportunities for your child to showcase their musical talents. It can be as simple as having a concert in your living room!  Celebrating their progress and accomplishments in front of others can be incredibly empowering.


Lead by Example

Children often emulate the behaviour of their parents. If they see you enjoying music and practicing your own instrument, they're more likely to follow suit. Make music a shared family activity by singing together, attending concerts, or even learning an instrument alongside your child.


Be Patient and Supportive


Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither are musical skills. Encourage your child to embrace the journey of learning music, with all its ups and downs. Offer praise and constructive feedback, and most importantly, be patient during their musical development.


By implementing these strategies, you can transform music practice from a dreaded task into a cherished activity. Remember, the goal isn't just to produce skilled musicians, but to cultivate a lifelong love and appreciation for music. Join us at Marcy's Music Center as we embark on this musical journey together! 🌟🎵



Boy playing the Drums

 

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