Tips to help beginning musicians

With school back in full swing, many students are learning to play an instrument for the first time. You can assist your child in this new endeavor by helping them establish a routine for practicing.

The National Association for Music Education and FamilyEducation.com offer some tips to get your child’s training started on the right note.

Establish a special place to practice. Figure out what time of day works best. Mornings might work for some children, while others do better in the evening. Calling it “playing time” instead of “practice time” might help a child’s outlook. Listen to your child practice and ask what he or she is learning. Praise positive accomplishments and encourage siblings to do the same. Remind your child that learning to play an instrument takes work. Do not criticize how the music sounds. Take your student to hear other musicians perform, or watch a related movie, such as “Music of the Heart,” about a woman’s quest to set up a music program at a Harlem school.

Remind your child there are advantages of learning to play an instrument. Read more about them at effectivemusicteaching.com/articles/directors/18-benefits-of-playing-a-musical-instrument.