Maggie, it's time to practice!
Updated: Jul 12, 2019
Have you ever found yourself saying this to your young piano student? This is perhaps the most visited topic over the course of my career and I am pretty certain that I am not the only piano educator who gets asked this question, "How can I get Maggie to practice the piano?" The truth is there isn't any one answer because children go through phases or stages with each stage having its own unique characteristics. However drawing from my educational training, we know that being an authoritative parent offers the best results and leaves the child being more responsible, better able to self-regulate (which is needed for success in school), respectful of adults and rules, less anxious, more warm and compassionate, and they tend to struggle less with social issues.
My best answer to this question isn't a single answer, but several suggestions. I will cover each suggestion over the next 6 blog posts.
Attend lessons with your child. This is one of the best ways to show your child your support and interest in what they are learning. While this will not work for all parent/child relationships, it will for many.
You may want to discuss this with your child's teacher prior to the lesson, so that you both understand your role and any special requests the teacher may have of you. Some special requests that your child's teacher may make, is to:
Take lots of notes so that you are able to help your child during the week. Even though your child's teacher will keep a lesson assignment, your notes can help fill-in the blanks.
Keep all your questions for a designated "question time," perhaps the last 5 minutes of the lesson.
Be a silent observer.