Motivating your child to practice piano lessons can be a tough and challenging task, especially when you are trying a new piece of piano music song. But if you want to establish a bright musical future for your child, you have to find ways to pique his or her desire to practice piano music. Getting your child to practice piano lessons with excitement and eagerness is half the battle. The other half of the battle is in finding and using a systematic practice routine to aid the child develop superior piano skills.
To be able to motivate your child to practice regularly, you have to understand human nature and fundamental child behaviour. You also need to discover what excites and bores your child, so that you will be able to capitalize on opportunities and improve on the negatives. For example, taking an extremely rigid and disicplinary approach to learning piano can actually do more harm for your child than good. It might cause him or her to perceive the piano lessons as personal torture. "Forcing" your child to learn piano can lead to boredom and lack of interest to practice. Instead of forcing or requiring children to practice, it is better to find creative ways on how to stimulate their desire and eagerness to learn and master the piano.
One of the best ways to motivate your child to practice is to hire a teacher that he or she personally likes and feels comfortable with. When I was a ten year old piano student, I remember how much I looked forward to my weekly piano practice sessions with my teacher. She was a woman in her mid-twenties, extremely friendly, sweet, and regularly wears a perfume with remarkably fresh fragrance. The point is, I was motivated to practice because, I liked the personality of my mentor (in an innocent way of course). I did my best to gain her approval, which later led to giant improvements in my piano playing. I suggest that you hire a teacher who is not only an expert in music, but someone who naturally likes children as well.
Another good suggestion is to expose your child to music in your home. More often, desire and motivation to learn an instrument comes from music appreciation itself. A terrific way to let your child become exposed to good music is to fill your home with the sound of soothing songs and tunes on a regular basis. Buy some CD's of classical pieces from Beethoven, Mozart, Hayden, and Bach. Then, you can choose to balance this with modern music tracks from the pop, rock, ballad, and even dance genres. Exposing your child to jazz music can also be helpful because it will allow him or her to "think outside the box" and break free from traditional music theory when the need arises.
More often, motivating your child and causing him to naturally look forward to piano music practice takes a long time. You have to maintain your patience and become more creative in finding ways on how to stimulate desire to learn. Be firm and decisive about your intention to let your child learn piano music, but also become flexible and open minded when the practice sessions start becoming a burden for your child.
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