As a Yamaha-accredited music school, we want to make sure that your child succeeds with his/her musical education. Our Yamaha Music programs have been designed by educators and child psychologists and although they are a lot of fun, they are designed to create a solid music foundation.
Our teachers are a vital part of your child’s education, but so is at-home practice. As each course progresses, students are expected to practice for a certain length of time and complete homework assignments.
"The best advice we can give you is to communicate with your teacher about you or your child’s progress! Teachers are happy to share their expertise and give parents practical tools to create a positive practice experience."
1. Create a good practice environment
Do you have a home instrument? If you do not, then it is not possible for the student to practice every day. Ask the school staff about registered Yamaha dealers in the greater Toronto area, so that you can purchase a home instrument.
2. Create the expectation of daily practice at home
A few minutes each day is a good way to start developing discipline and good habits for children as young as 4 years-old in the Junior Music Course.
3. Partner in education
For younger children, parents are a vital part of transferring the learning from the classroom to home. Remember to try to include the teacher’s advice at home, like “remember what the teacher said in class? Try it like this...”
4. Remain positive
Encourage practice by asking your child “will you finish practicing before dinner, or will you do it before bed?”
5. Communicate with your teacher
Observe your child’s progress. Is your child falling behind, or are they willing to move onto harder material? Talk to your teacher about any concerns.
6. Ask for help
If practice and homework are a new concept and you are concerned that they may become a struggle, ask your teacher for advice.
7. Motivate the end goal without creating shame
Try positive phrasing like “if you keep practicing, you will play better and have more fun playing.”
8. Avoid comparing your child’s playing
Instead, use encouragement. If you notice that your child is still struggling after a few weeks, consider signing up for a practice coach.
9. Integrate music into your child’s life
For example, visit the Performer’s Club concert as an audience member and ask your child if they would like to sign up for the following month’s concert. Then work with them to practice a piece that they can successfully perform for others.
More information here: https://www.classicfm.com/lifestyle/wellbeing/musician-practice-tips/
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