We at ISM want to thank you for all the ways you support your child in his/her music lessons. With school starting up again we’d like to provide some pointers on how to get the most from music lessons.
Make every effort to arrive on time for lessons, music books in hand. Students who come in late disrupt the class flow and have already missed a portion of their lesson.
Should I sit in on my child’s lesson?
Allow your child to build his/her trust by bonding with the teacher one on one. Parents are welcome to watch through our observation windows, but experience has shown that when parents are present weekly in the classroom, a student’s attention is divided and the student/teacher bond is often compromised. That said, there are times when the teacher may call a parent into the classroom to observe the student for instructional purposes. The last few minutes of each class are reserved to update parents on their child’s progress, answer questions, and provide parents with ideas for helping at home.
Come in the last few minutes of class to touch base with teacher
Even if your child is old enough to be dropped off at class, please make it a priority to come in for the last 5 minutes of class so the teacher can update you on your child’s progress. This is very important to your child’s success in music class. Teachers want to keep you informed, but it takes time away from the lesson if the teacher has to walk the student to the car to touch base.
Time management for at home practice
Parental involvement at home is key to a child’s success in music lessons. While older children may practice accurately at home, younger students need positive guidance to be sure they are practicing correctly. Most six year olds cannot be realistically expected to practice alone. Show interest by asking your child to show you their new songs for the week. Set up incentives to reward them for playing the song more than once, counting aloud, singing their notes, curving their fingers, etc. Your teacher can provide you with an appropriate practice check list. Help in finding a consistent time each day for practice. Daily consistency is important to ensure students retain their musical instruction.
Finding a consistent practice time, providing incentives, and monitoring practice with encouraging words are all ways to help your child get the most from music classes. Ask your child’s teacher for more ideas. Be creative. Make music a family priority, and watch your child grow in self- discipline as well as musicianship.