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How to Help Children Learn Piano

By Edited May 3, 2015 0 2

Help your child's musical development - even if you don't know how to play piano.

Many parents often lack confidence to help their child's musical development. This is because parents commonly have not learnt piano themselves. It is commonly thought that you cannot help a child musically if you are not educated in music yourself. This is not true.  A lack of musical training should not discourage you from becoming involved with your child's musical journey. There is a lot you can do to help your child.

Help Your Child Set Up Regular Practice Times 

Gently helping to organize a regular practice time gets your child into a routine and avoids the panic of last-minute practice before lessons. As every child is different you might find an active child does better with shorter, more frequent practice sessions. Children may also like to do their piano practice at different times of the day. The important thing is to set up a predictable practice pattern so your child knows what to expect.

Ask Your Child's Teacher for Specific Information

You will have a better chance of helping your child if you know what the piano practice goals and needs are for the upcoming lesson. It's helpful to take a homework notebook along (if the music teacher doesn't use one) so you have the right details to guide your child's weekly practice.

Attend Piano Lessons with Your Child

This not only helps you understand the goals of piano practice but it's a wonderful way to share this experience with your child. This is also an easy way for you to increase your own musical knowledge (it's free too).

When you attend lessons with your child you are also giving your support for their musical interest. It also shows them that you think music lessons are worthwhile. If you are unable to go to lessons regularly with your child you may be able to organize fortnightly or monthly attendance. As an alternative you could also return to pick up your child early and sit in on the last part of the lesson. This way you will know the practice goals for the week and will be able to talk with your child's teacher.

Talk with Your Child's Piano Teacher

As with all educational classes it is important to stay in contact with your child's teacher. Discussion will help you to understand your child's progress and any difficulties that might be occurring during practice or lessons. Finding out these problems early can help you resolve them before they become established issues.

Girl at Piano


Jul 18, 2012 9:50pm
Thank you, SusanM - for a very practical article on helping a child progress through his or her own musical journey.
I especially am in favor of parents sitting in on some of the lessons. Parents need to be invested in their child's progress at a lesson. It is temptingly easy for a parent to leave a child at a lesson and have the piano teacher 'babysit' the child for that amount of time, when it would be so much more fruitful if the parents engaged in the piano lesson by being there and learning how to guide the child throughout the rest of the week.

There is something to be said about the Suzuki method and having parents as an integral part of the music lesson.

Thanks again, Susan. Hope to read more valuable articles from you!

Jul 18, 2012 11:24pm
Thanks Alex

And of course I totally agree. Parents are such an important part of a child's musical journal. I've never taught the Suzuki method myself although have know other teachers who have used it.

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