Some ways parents can encourage their kids in piano lessons that you may not have thought of.
- Verbal Encouragement. This is one of the easiest ways to encourage your child who is in piano lessons. A little encouragement can go a very long way. Most professional musicians attribute their love of music to a parent. Try to tell your child how excited you are that they are studying piano, complement them when they play a piece well, ask them to play something for you really listen to them.
- Time. Where you spend your time shows where your priorities are. If you will sit with your child and help them practice they will associate playing piano with time spent with you. As a young child especially this is important. Practicing with them also shows them that you think their practice time is important enough for them to have you involved. Even if you don’t read music or think you can help you could try helping them go through music flashcards. One of the best ways to learn is by teaching so ask your child to teach you a song or show you what they learned that week in piano. Rarely do children get opportunities to teach a parent so they will usually love to give it a try.
- Finding performance opportunities. Some students really love to get a chance to show other what they have learned. Look for performance opportunities such as recitals, playing in church, festivals or even group classes.
- Invest in a good instrument. Once you or your child has decided to study piano long term it is time to get the best instrument you can afford. I have found that student who practiced on grand pianos growing up have the best experience. However, that is not usually in most peoples price range so just do the best you can. I prefer my student not to practice on keyboards because a real piano is so much better. Keyboard are often not as long as pianos and are not always capable of the variety of sounds of a real instrument.
- Prioritize lessons. Cancelling lessons can be very tempting with students and parents schedules getting busier and busier. Vacations, sporting events, and just life itself can make it difficult to get to lessons every week. Making lessons a high priority set a great standard for students showing them that their piano is important to you and that it needs to be taken seriously. The exception of this would be when they are sick. Because of the nature of piano lessons your teacher would rather you cancel if your kid is sick. Teachers sit close to the student and the students are getting their fingers all over the piano spreading germs not only to the teacher next to them but to the rest of the student who will be touching the piano after them.