TIPS TO GET YOUR CHILD INTERESTED IN A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT
As a parent, it isn’t always easy to catch our children’s attention.
Out of the thousands of toys, games, and accessories aimed at them each and every day through a variety of media such as flashy, happy commercials and bright colored ads, it may seem almost impossible to divert their attention to something worthwhile.
In this article, we will give you a few tips that will allow you to make a musical instrument something interesting for your child that will keep their attention and earn their time.
TIP ONE: DON’T FORCE
While forcing may seem the easiest way to get your child to pick up an instrument, it is the most ineffective way.
Forcing your child to do something against their will can cause them to harbor resentment. This isn’t what your goal should be; it should be to improve your relationship and their learning through music. Let them come to you if they are interested.
If you aren’t sure where their interests lie, ask them. If they aren’t interested at the moment, don’t mope; take it like an adult. Remember, while it might not always seem it, you are their role model. The fashion in which you handle rejection will make a lasting impression upon their future behaviors.
TIP TWO: MAKE IT FUN
If your child isn’t having fun, they aren’t going to want to learn.
Don’t make music lessons school outside of school. Make them an activity. You want to interact, have fun, experience –all together. Music can bring you closer to your child, but not if neither of you are having fun. Keep the lessons aimed towards enjoyment.
You want to promote the instrument as fun. We do not make the music lessons all about sitting down and copying notes and scales and memorizing. We want to make them about exploration, discovery; things that would interest a child.
TIP THREE: ALLOW THEM TO BE INDEPENDENT
Children love independence.
You aren’t going to be by their side to hold their hand through everything in life. In fact, most children wouldn’t want you to be. If they should a tendency to lean towards solo playing, allow them. Don’t get upset; your child needs to understand that music is their personal outlet. You want them to feel comfortable with playing alone, if that is what they want.
Don’t make the music all about you. Selfishness is the key to failure. You want your child to be able to take music in their own way. You may see them improve steadily on their own, or they may take some time away and then come back to you for more help. Either way, allow them the freedom. You will be building their confidence in the instrument, as well as in you as a support.