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.