HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD GET THE MOST OF THEIR PRACTICE TIME
1. Sit nearby. Even if it’s just for several short sessions per week, you can limit distractions by staying close by while he plays.
2. Keep the instrument handy and in plain view. Seeing it each day will remind him to practice, and he might be more likely to sit down and play if it’s right there.
3. Build practice time into his daily activities. Setting aside time before leaving for school or right after dinner each day will help your student remember to make rehearsing routine.
4. Hold “concerts.” Have your child perform for you and your family on a regular basis. Tell him specific things you love about his playing, and keep yourself up-to-date with what he’s working on so you can comment on improvements at each show.”
5. Offer incentives: I need for you to wash the dishes right now, but if you want to practice your piano instead, I will do that chore for you.”
6. Make a video of your child attempting the hard music when they first practice, and then make another one of them doing the same piece after it has been practiced for a week. Seeing the progress that has been made may encourage more time practicing.