Music is a wonderful way for your child to express themselves, but that doesn’t mean that they are always going to be ready to grow and improve in short amounts of time. After all, they are children, and well, most children do not like to focus on one thing for any length of time!
So, if you know that your child has lots of musical talent. However, you need to know exactly how to inspire the growth they need in order to hone their skills and improve from year to year.
4 Ways to Inspire Growth in Your Musical Child
- Don’t Let Your Child Get Stressed Over Music
Children have a lot of subjects in school and at the end of the day, they need to and want to practice music over and over again. Therefore, treat music differently than you would in school and make their practice session something that they look forward to. Sometimes this is as easy as making sure that they are playing an instrument they love instead of one that they dread sitting with day after day. For example, if your child is playing the piano, but they really want to play the guitar, you may want to allow them to switch instruments, so they practice more.
- Attend Concerts and Shows
The more children listen to music and see how musicians performed, the more excited they will become about playing the instrument on their own. Seeing other musicians perform will help your child develop a deeper love for music, while also allowing them to see which types of music they enjoy the most.
- Schedule Personal Performances
When children know that they will be performing regularly, they will realize that they need to work towards the goal of being ready for each performance. Once your child knows that a performance is quickly approaching, they will start practicing more to hone their skills, so they can play to the best of their ability.
- Let Your Child Play Music that They Like
Okay, so you may want to hear your child play a piece by Mozart on the piano, and while they could play it quite well with lots of practice, you need to know it might not happen if they hate classical music. Children love to play music that they love listening to, so to get them to practice more, let them play the music that they like on the side. And at some point, you can have them practicing their music, as well as the piece by Mozart that you are longing to hear!
These four things will help inspire growth in your young musician and you may even find a couple other ideas to get them to grow even more. We recommend making music fun, for them and you, so that playing is never a battle that either of you need to deal with!