A parent's Guide to Enhancing
Your Child's Musical Experiences
Your decision to provide your child with a musical instrument
is an investment in your child's future. In making it
possible for your child to play a musical instrument,
you are providing the opportunity for self-expression,
creativity, and achievement. Numerous studies indicate
that parental attitude, support and involvement are
important factors in a child's ability to successfully
learn to play and enjoy music.
This section is designed to assist you in giving your
child the best support possible for his or her musical
endeavors. Like any skill, interest counts far more
than talent. With the right support from you, playing
music will become a natural part of your child's life.
For your Child
Music participation enhances:
Self-Confidence & esteem
and much, much more!
Benefits - For Your Family
A child's music study
also offers opportunities for shared family experiences,
Musical event attendance
Performing for, and with, family and friends
Learning about the lives of the composers and the cultural
heritage of Western Civilization
A sense of pride and accomplishment for the entire
How You Fit In
Always keep in mind that your support is a key element
in your child's success with music study
Schedule Practice Times
Music achievement requires
effort over a period of time. You can help your child
Providing a quiet place in which to practice.
Remaining nearby during practice times as often as possible
Scheduling a consistent, daily time for practice.
Praising your child's efforts and achievements
Selecting a Music Teacher
Formal music instruction
can help your child's progress. In choosing a teacher,
consider these points:
Background and experience
Comments from other parents and students.
Provisions for sharing music through performance
What to Do
To give your child the
best possible support, you should:
Encourage your child to play for family and friends.
Offer compliments and encouragement regularly.
Expose your child to a wide variety of music, including
Encourage your child to talk with you about his or
Make sure your child's instrument is always in good
Allow your child to play many types of music, not just
Listen to your child practice, and acknowledge improvement
Help your child build a personal music library
Try to get your child to make a minimum two-year commitment
to his or her musical studies.
What Not To Do
Your child's progress will
be greatly enhanced if you
Don't use practice as a punishment
Don't insist your child play for others when they don't
Don't ridicule or make fun of mistakes or less-than-perfect
Don't apologize to others for your child's weak performance
Don't start your child on an instrument that's in poor
order or condition
Don't expect rapid progress and development in the
If Your Child Loses Interest
In the event your child
loses interest in his or her music studies, don't panic.
Discuss the situation with your child to determine
interest is declining.
Talk to your child's music teacher to see what might
be done to
rekindle their enthusiasm
Encourage your child to stick with lessons for an
Offer increased enthusiasm and support
This message has been developed by the following organizations
in the interest of making music study and participation
an enjoyable and richly rewarding experience for children
and their families.
American Music Conference
303 East Wacker Drive, Suite 121
Chicago, IL 60601
Music Educators National Conference
1902 Association Drive
Reston, VA 22091
Music Teachers National Association
617 Vine St., Suite 1432
Cincinnati, OH 45202-2434
National Association Music Merchants
5140 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008-4391