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Be a Positive Practice Partner

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Having a positive practice partner makes a big difference in a child’s ability to progress in piano studies.

While it is important to hold a child to a high standard of playing, this can be done in a positive way!

 

SEE THE GOOD

Try to give your child feedback on the good stuff that’s happening rather than on the mistakes. For instance, if your child is missing the same note every time, don’t start out by saying, “You keep missing that note!” Instead, say, “You’re doing really well! You played it almost perfect. Let’s listen to that song again together.”

 

ENCOURAGE SELF-CORRECTION

After listening to the song on the lesson video or on our Piano Listening Album which is part of our Complete Lesson Materials, ask, “Does it sound the same when you play it?” If you guide your child to realize the mistake on their own, he or she will be much more likely to want to correct it. Then, when your child plays it right, celebrate with a cheer and a big hug.

 

INSTANT POSITIVE FEEDBACK

If you want your child to work on something like posture or hand position, try this game. Tell your child that you’re watching their hand position and will clap when they’re keeping their fingers curved and relaxed. As they play, keep up a steady clapping so long as they’re using a good hand position. Slow down or stop clapping if their hand position isn’t so good. Most children will work hard to keep the claps coming.

 

KEEP IT POSITIVE, KEEP IT MOTIVATED

It seems like a simple thing, but it makes a huge difference in a child’s attitude if they get feedback for doing something right rather than for doing something wrong. Remember, keeping your child motivated is more important than correcting mistakes. When you do correct, doing it in a positive way makes practice time more enjoyable for everyone.
 
Happy playing!
Joseph Hoffman