Tips for Intermediate Music

Tips for Intermediate Music

Once children are established, they will go along like a train already in motion, but they still need to be encouraged. In fact, a good parent is a coach all the way. Of course, as with very young children, you want to be enthusiastic about music yourself.

Take your kids to concerts and encourage them to make practice regular and praise them for all of the accomplishments in the steps that they achieve. While younger kids may be rewarded with stickers, older kids might have a practice chart, and when they have practiced a lot or achieved something big, make it a family celebration.

We take our children out to a favorite restaurant after a recital. We make that a tradition. With an older child, one of the greatest satisfactions is to offer performance opportunities. For example, instead of just the formal recital, take your child to a childcare center or to a retirement home, so that the child can play for other people. It is very thrilling for a child to play for younger kids, and encourages other children to consider playing an instrument. This is something the parent can set up by calling a school, or a daycare center, or a retirement community and they will be delighted to have your child play for them. Your child benefits as well as others.

Children need to practice difficult passages at least 15 times a day. It isn't until about the 8th time, that the musical pattern is stuck in the brain. When children learn this, they are often more willing to work on a segment over and over again. Also, the child is in charge of his or her attitude. Once in a while your child will be ill, and you have to cut them a little slack. But once you get going, music can improve your mood, so it's good to practice even when you're not really motivated.

Music is an activity that is healthful, something kids enjoy, and it gives them a chance to relate to others of their own age.