Two tips to remember if your child is starting music lessons

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If your child has expressed an interest in learning to play an instrument and you have, as a result of this, arranged for them to start having music lessons, here are two pieces of advice to follow.

1. Be prepared to encourage them to persist with their lessons if they get frustrated

When a person starts learning how to play an instrument, there is often a steep learning curve. Adults taking music lessons understand that although the feelings of ineptitude that come with this can be frustrating, this is a normal and short-lived stage of the learning process that simply needs to be endured. However, children are not always as good at accepting and understanding this and may be tempted to quit their lessons if their musical skills do not rapidly improve after just a couple of months of practising.

As such, after their first few lessons, your child may come to you and complain that they are not good at playing their instrument and may want to give up. When this happens, it is best not to agree to this request but to instead advise them to continue to attend their lessons for at least another few months.

Instructing them to keep going if they become discouraged will accomplish two things. First, it should give them the chance to experience the thrill and the satisfaction that will come with the gradual improvement of their musical abilities. Second, it will teach them not to give up at the first (or second) hurdle they encounter when trying to master other new skills later in their life. This is a lesson that is best learnt at a young age.

2. Make sure they have access to lots of music

Music teachers will often give their students very common, simple songs to practise during their first few months of lessons. If you notice that your child masters playing these songs quite quickly, then you should either print out new sheet music for them or ask their teacher for more music. For example, you might want to look for simplified versions of the theme songs from the cartoon shows they like to watch or songs composed by their favourite pop stars.

This will ensure that your child's enthusiasm for this hobby does not wane as a result of them not having access to sheet music that they genuinely love. It may also encourage them to play potentially trickier pieces of music if they have heard and enjoyed listening to their favourite pop stars performing these complex tunes.

These are two ways to help your child succeed while learning an instrument. For more assistance, contact services that offer music lessons. 

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27 January 2020

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