Many people believe that “musicians are born and not made”, but this couldn’t be further from the truth! In the first two years of learning, it is almost impossible to guess who will excel, but everyone agrees that parents who are actively involved in their child’s music education are crucial to success.
We are often asked how parents can be more involved in their child’s education beyond checking “have you practiced?”. Whether you have any musical experience or not, here are some fun, practical ways to help you nurture your budding musician, that won’t take up much of your time.
One of the easiest ways to be more involved is to make music a shared experience. By sharing music together, you can explore different musical tastes and connect with your child:
Think of yourself as the fun, positive coach cheering them on outside of lessons! Set up activities that aren’t directly linked to their lessons or include games and rewards for practice tasks they may be struggling with:
It’s important to have open and honest communication with your child about their musical education.
Studies show that children with parents who provide lots of encouragement and praise are best placed to succeed in their musical education – whether they become professional musicians or develop a life-long love of music and enjoyment from their instrument.
At Inner West Institute of Music we are here to support all our students and parents, so if you’d like more information, please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.