“I want to learn to play the ………..” can be met with many different feelings. These can range anywhere from excitement to what am I getting myself into. However, there are steps you can take for you and your child to help you get the most out of your child’s lesson.

  1. Be involved: Attending lessons or communicating with your child’s teacher is a great way to stay in touch with how your child is progressing. This way you have an understanding of where your child is at on their child’s journey and what they need to work on in their home practice.
  2. Be encouraging: This may not always be as easy as it sounds. However, it is important to remember to celebrate the little things. All progress comes via many little achievements put together. 
  3. Be patient: It is important for you to be there for your child’s journey and keep them accountable however, we need to remember that it is their journey. Children will progress at their own pace and in their own unique way.
  4. Encourage Responsibility: Encourage your child to help you pack (if they are young) or pack their own music bag for their lesson each week. This should include all their music books. BTR Homework book and plastic sleeve folder. Remembering to bring their instrument is important too!
  5. Home Practice: Ask your child to help you find the best time for them to practise within their own schedule and that of your families. This helps them to take ownership of their commitment to practice. Use their practice chart in their Homework Book to help keep them accountable. 

Finally remember that…..

A child is like a butterfly in the wind

Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can.

Why compare one against the other.

Each one is different,

Each one is special,

Each one is beautiful.

-Unknown Author

Amanda Roche

Director – BTR Performing Arts Academy

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