Parents are often said to be the first teachers of their children. A parent’s role in a child’s musical journey is one that is very influential, and there are many ways in which parents can help their child with their music learning. Some parents who have little to no musical experience might feel uncertain about their role and what they can do to help their children. The good news is, there is a lot that parents can do, musical or not, to help their children achieve success in their musical journey!
You can have a huge impact on your child’s music education simply by being more involved in their musical journey. Children, especially those of a younger age, might not have the self-discipline to maintain a practice routine on their own. Start by encouraging your child to cultivate a good habit of regular and consistent practice. Music lessons must always be paired with sufficient practice for learning to be effective and fruitful, and for progress to be made. The advantages of lending a listening ear to your child as he or she practices and performs are bountiful - having opportunities to perform every now and then in small, intimate settings helps students to overcome stage-fright, and also nurtures in them a sense of confidence in their own playing and musical abilities. Such performance opportunities also pave the way for discussions and conversations about music preferences and interests, thus helping to shape and develop a child’s musicality.
Communicating with the Teacher
It is always important to be in communication with your child’s music teacher to stay updated regarding your child’s progress. Teachers are always curious to learn more about their student’s practice routine at home, as that is where most of their music making happens. Having a parent-teacher update after every lesson is instrumental in developing the student-teacher-parent model, and ensuring that the student-teacher-parent trio is working together efficiently. For parents who have little to no experience or background in music, this is a wonderful platform to obtain advice for their child’s practice routine. With feedback from parents, teachers can be more aware of the difficulties that a student may encounter during their practice sessions, and thus will also be more effective during their lessons.
Last but not least, it is important for students to know that they have the fullest support from both their parents and teachers on their musical journey. Words of affirmation and encouragement go a long way in helping a child know that their effort, time, and hard work is acknowledged. This is particularly essential during the early years of learning, as students start to develop musical awareness, motivation, and discipline that will sustain them in their learning journey.
Still unsure of how to help your child in his or her musical journey? Drop by our Tanglin Studio on the 16th of March at 3pm for a free talk on “Music Education: A Parent’s Role” to learn more about the subject!