Communicate With the Teacher
Successful music lessons consist of a triangle between the student, parent and teacher. Take time to stay in contact with the teacher on your child's progress.
Make a Commitment
In order to progress effectively, piano practice needs to be one of the top priorities in your child’s schedule.
Limit your child’s after school activities so they have both time and energy to practice.
Regular is the key to success in music. Schedule a set time each day that you expect your child to practice and help them stick to it. When the unexpected interrupts practice, if possible help your child make up the missed practice.
Keep distractions to a minimum during practice. Make sure there is no TV music or other noisy distractions in the same room during practice sessions.
Read your child's assignment notebook and help them follow practice directions.
Listen to your child practice as much as possible. Praise them when a piece is played well or you have noticed progress. Encourage them to repeat a passage until they have mastered it. You don’t need a background in music to assist them in this way.
Younger children respond well to rewards and incentives. Provide a reward system that works for your child.
Children play first for their parents, then for their teacher, and lastly for themselves. Your involvement is key to their development.
Maintain your Piano
Make sure your piano tuned once every year and kept in good playing condition. Playing on a bad instrument is like running in bad shoes.
Listen often to a variety of music including classical. Expose your child to music by taking them to live concerts.