How to Motivate Your Child to Practice at Home

  • By iramamusicstudio
  • 02 Nov, 2017
Time flies and we are now two months away from ending this year of 2017! And more exciting is that this is our first online blog. We will publish blog occasionally, at least once a week, to post about just anything, from success stories to tips of mastering pieces, and to philosophies of life. Today, we will shortly discuss about our first and foremost studio value:   love , and that understanding love as a positive action will guide you as the parent to help and motivate your child to practice at home.
We believe that love is one of the most important values in life. When someone feel accepted and loved, he or she will feel more fulfilled in life, and will in return learn to love and live in peace with others.  We also believe that love is an action, a list of to-do things, a behavior that does not come easily at times but should be learned and improved throughout our lives.  One of our studio motto is this: “Everything you do must be done with love” (1 Corinthians 16:14). This verse is the underlying motivational statement that encourage us to improve our services to ensure that our employees, teachers, students, parents, and visitors feel loved and nurtured at the same time. We hope that this verse will motivate you too as the parent as you guide your child to start doing and loving the daily routine of practice.
As love is defined by action, parents need to consider first how to set up an inviting practice environment at home. Here are some of the tips:
  1. A practice space should be ideally in a quiet corner,  or in a designated room, although not necessarily in a bedroom, and definitely not in the space where there will be frequent visitors, TV, or even computers and phones.
  2. Set up the instrument as inviting as possible, for example: the piano lid should be open, or violin case is open and the strings are all tuned, their music sheets are popped open on the music stand, metronome on the stand by, and a good source of lighting.
  3. Make sure that the environment is comfortable, with orderly set up and good air temperature, or air conditioning ready.
  4. Some extra materials like pencil, eraser, and a journal, will be helpful for the child to reflect on their practice as they grow older and learn how to use these materials.
When the practice space is thoughtfully set up, the next step is to gently lead and guide the child to begin their practice routine. This process may seem hard and slow in the beginning, but with continuous gentle approach, positive words, and more love, the child will learn to enjoy and gradually be independent in his or her daily practice. Here are the top ten motivational words that will help you and your child to enjoy the process together:
  1. Let’s practice together
  2. I know you can do it
  3. Be patient
  4. You can do better
  5. Please repeat again
  6. Do not give up
  7. Remember what you have learned
  8. Keep going
  9. That’s it
  10. Way to go
Practice routine should be done on a daily basis, at the time when the child is well fed and rested, starting at a 15 min duration and gradually increase to 25 min per session. We suggest using a timer, such as oven timer, so that the child is aware of the timing and will also learn to be more organized, structured, and even feel more accomplished once they finish the practice session. We advice parents to accompany the child to lessons and also practice at home in the first few years of the musical study. We have seen very good results for students whose parents are always present and take notes at the lesson times and who help their children to practice at home.
Having read the above, we encourage you to take sometime to think and reflect, preferably in writing. Then, set up a time to do it. There is a saying that knowing something without doing it means that we don’t know about it at all. So let’s get going and do something different to restart and nurture the love and passion in our children as they begin their lifelong journey of learning and practicing.
Thank you for reading! Please feel free to comment below.
By iramamusicstudio 03 Nov, 2017
I am excited to write this blog to review our previous Home Concert on Sunday, October 22, 2017, at our auditorium. That Sunday was our third monthly concert for this term. Although the participants were much less than the previous months, the same energy and nervousness remained. They learned that, no matter how big or small the audience,  to control their nervous and mindfulness during the performance.  As in the previous concerts, I gave a short motivational speech, and on that Sunday, I stressed the importance of listening during the concert.
By iramamusicstudio 02 Nov, 2017
Time flies and we are now two months away from ending this year of 2017! And more exciting is that this is our first online blog. We will publish blog occasionally, at least once a week, to post about just anything, from success stories to tips of mastering pieces, and to philosophies of life. Today, we will shortly discuss about our first and foremost studio value:   love , and that understanding love as a positive action will guide you as the parent to help and motivate your child to practice at home.
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