Message to Parents

A Parent’s Guide To Enhancing Your Child’s Musical Experiences

CONGRATULATIONS! Your decision to provide your child with a quality musical education is an investment in your child’s future. In making it possible for your child to play a musical instrument, you are providing them the opportunity for self-expression, creativity and achievement. Numerous studies indicate that parental attitude, support, and involvement are important factors in a child’s ability to successfully learn to play and enjoy music.

These guidelines are designed to assist you in giving your child the best support possible for his or her musical endeavors. Like any skill, interest counts far more than talent. With strong support from you, playing music will become a natural part of your child’s life.

BENEFITS

For Your Child
Music participation enhances:
  • Problem-solving
  • Goal-setting
  • Physical Coordination
  • Self-confidence and esteem
  • Poise
  • Teamwork
  • Self-expression
  • Memory skills
  • Concentration
  • Much, much more!
For Your Family
A child’s music study also offers opportunities for shared family experiences, including:
  • Musical event attendance
  • Family music making
  • Performing for, and with, family and friends
  • Learning about the lives of composers and the cultural heritage of many civilizations
  • A sense of accomplishment and pride for the entire family.

HOW YOU FIT IN

Always keep in mind that your support is an essential element in your child’s success with music study.

Schedule Practice Times
Music achievement requires effort over a period of time. The time in orchestra rehearsal is limited. New concepts learned at school need daily personal practice time by your child at home in order for these new skills to be developed. You can help your child by:
  • Providing a quiet place in which to practice
  • Remaining nearby during practice times as often as possible
  • Scheduling a consistent daily time for practice
  • Praising your child’s efforts and achievements.

WHAT TO DO

To give your child the best possible support, you should:
  • Remind your child to bring instrument and music to orchestra class.
  • Encourage your child to play for family and friends.
  • Offer compliments and encouragement regularly.
  • Expose your child to a wide variety of music, including concerts and recitals.
  • Encourage your child to talk with you about classes.
  • Make sure your child’s instrument is always maintained well.
  • Listen to your child practice, and acknowledge improvement.
  • Help your child build a personal music library.
  • Encourage your child to make a commitment to his or her music studies.
  • Get to know your child’s teacher.

WHAT TO AVOID

  • Using practice as a punishment.
  • Insisting your child play for others when he/she doesn’t want to.
  • Ridiculing or making fun of mistakes of less-than-perfect playing.
  • Apologizing to others for your child’s weak performance.

TO MAINTAIN YOUR CHILD’S INTEREST

  • Talk with your child if his or her interest begins to decline.
  • Discuss with the orchestra teacher ways to maintain your child’s enthusiasm for playing
  • Increase your enthusiasm and involvement in your child’s playing
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