Helping Your Child To Learn To Play Piano

There are many children who express an interest in wanting to learn to play piano. When this happens, it’s a good idea to first make sure that children have a genuine interest in playing. Sometimes kids can think they want to take lessons and they really don’t. They may have friends taking lessons or may have just seen a movie where the instrument was featured. Whatever the reason may be, it’s a good idea to ask them why they want to take lessons and see how they react. Most parents know their children and can usually tell when they are serious about something.

The first thing a parent can do is let a child know they have their support. If there is a genuine interest or even if the child just wants to try it for fun, parent support is imperative. This opens up the lines of communication for other discussions between a parent and child.

The next step is to get them signed up with lessons. Look for classes and instructors in classified ads, at music stores or on school campuses. Many schools provide music lessons for their students. Parents should see about getting their child enrolled in classes if they are available at the school. It’s also a good idea to ask friends and family whether they can refer someone.

Once a child starts to take lessons they will need to continue the work at home. Instruct them to practice in between lessons. Practice times are usually once or twice a week for about an hour each time. Students that get better the fastest are usually the ones who practice outside of lesson times.

Parents will need to find a place for them to practice. They may have to purchase a piano in order to help with the learning process. If pianos are out of the budget then keyboards can be substituted. Keyboards are much less expensive and can be bought for as low as under $100. Some can even be bought for under $50 depending on the brand, make, and model.

It’s a good idea to encourage children and tell them that they are doing a good job. This encouragement will serve as motivation to continue with lessons and practice more. Encouragement is particularly important if a child is experiencing a time of frustration.

Parents should be attentive to the relationship between their child and the instructor. It’s important that the child is comfortable with the instructor’s teaching techniques. This will aid with the learning process. If the two have a rapport with one another it makes for a better teaching and learning environment.

There are a number of things a parent can do to help a child learn to play piano. Parents need to remember to be supportive and encourage children as much as possible. It’s important to get them signed up with lessons and to have the proper practice set up outside of scheduled lessons. Parents should also be aware of the teaching and learning environment that exists between their child and the instructor.