PARENTS - HOW TO HELP!
The below article was found here.
3 Things Parents Must Tell Their Children When They Begin a Musical Instrument
Hopefully your child will begin a musical instrument through their school music program. If so, when they bring home their instrument for the first time, it is more than just an exciting day…
...It is an opportunity...
…Perhaps one of the greatest opportunities in your child’s life thus far.
If you are like me, you want your kid(s) to complete their K-12 education with far more than factual knowledge and an ability to score well on tests. You don’t believe that your child’s success in life depends primarily on cognitive skills — the type of intelligence that is measured on IQ tests and such. You don’t believe that school should be primarily focused on stuffing kids’ brains with as much factual knowledge as possible, but instead is focused on growing skills and mindsets that will last a lifetime. Psychological traits that include
And the musical instrument in your child’s hand could be the key to learning those skills.
You see, your child didn’t receive an instrument with the expectation that they would become a professional musician, just as they did not receive a math book with the expectation of them becoming a mathematician. But, unlike any other subject, your child has the opportunity to develop some of the most important life skills through learning to play an instrument, and you need to let them know this is the case.
Here are three things parents need to know and be able to express to their child as soon as they begin learning to play a musical instrument:
What if we as parents treated music like any other core subject and expected our children to study it for at least 4 or 5 years? What does “success in school” mean to you and your child?
How You Fit In
Always keep in mind that your support is a key element in your child`s success with music study. Music achievement requires effort over an extended period of time. You can help your child by:
What To Do
To give your child the best possible support, you should:
What Not To Do
Your child`s progress will be greatly enhanced if you:
SmartMusic is the award winning software used to enhance learning music and provides a way to dramatically improve students’ skills. Student practice is focused because they receive immediate feedback while listening to their performance and seeing the correct and incorrect rhythms and pitches on screen. Students are also able to hear their part in context with SmartMusic’s professional background accompaniment, giving them a pitch and rhythmic reference when practicing at home.
SmartMusic is purchased as an annual subscription, which gives your child access to the largest digital sheet music library with accompaniment in the world. This allows students to receive the individualized instruction necessary to improve at a faster pace.
SmartMusic is available to students of all ages and skill levels, and is supported on iPad, PC, and Mac.