- Do everything in your power to keep your child playing their instrument.
- Practice every day for consistent progress. No one enjoys doing what they are not good at.
- Don't underestimate the social value of music. Participate in groups. Music friends will help keep your child grounded through the teen years.
- You are helping to nurture beautiful tone, and the beautiful hearts that our world needs.
- Enjoy the process. Don't push.
- Play persistently and positively when you practice with your child. That is, PLAY in the fun and games sense!
- TTT = Things Take Time.
- Listen to your child, listen to the lesson, listen to music together and talk about it.
- Communicate with your child's teacher.
- This time with your child is precious - love it, value it, rise to it.
- Keep a healthy sense of perspective. Don't compare your child to others. Music is not a race.
- Mistakes are a natural part of the journey. Celebrate what your child does well and view mistakes as a chance to grow.
- Do exactly what the teacher instructs - no more, no less. This gives you the best value for your music lesson dollar. Your teacher has a long-term plan. Trust their expertise.
- Enjoy this time with your child.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
One Minute Pointers
From Parents as Partners - a few little gems from the One Minute Pointers.