A Parent's Guide To Piano Practice
Even parents who never learned piano themselves can help their children practice. One of the biggest ways a parent can help is by establishing a practice routine, right from the start. Most children need reminders to practice and help following the teacher’s instructions. Follow the guidelines below and your child will make great progress and feel confident playing the piano.
1. Practice should happen at the same time every day.
Choose a time that you are able to stick to. This could be before school in the morning, after school, after homework is finished, just before dinner; anytime that you can be consistent about.
2. Focus on the music, not the time.
Instead of setting a certain amount of time for practice. Try to follow the assignment instructions. Make sure the student practices the assignments, as the teacher specified. If this takes only 5 minutes that’s fine, if it takes 20 minutes that’s fine too.
3. Be their student
Get them to explain to you what they’re working on, how they know what to play etc. Try pointing to symbols and asking them what they mean. This will not only help you to know what’s going on but will also reinforce their knowledge.
4. Be their cheerleader!
Most importantly, let your child know how much you love hearing them play! This is by far the best way to encourage long-term practice. (If they’re doing really well with a piece, it’s a great idea to arrange a mini-concert, gather the family, so they can show off all their hard work!)