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Tips for Parents!

Posted by Lisa Kitzke on May 29, 2011 at 11:41 PM

Tips for Parents

Your student is learning a new skill (like riding a bike). Nothing about learning violin comes naturally....

They will need your encouragement and support in order to succeed. Parents - your child needs you to be involved even if you know little or nothing about violin! Here are some thoughts and tips for you. As always, if you aren't sure what is expected of you; feel free to ask!

1. Be patient!!!

2. Show an interest in your child's instrumental music experience.

• Be supportive through frustrations, and enjoy progress together.

• Give your child feedback and sign the practice card/calendar.

• Praise your child's efforts.

3. Encourage good practice habits.

• Assist your student in setting up a regular time and quiet place for practice.

• Encourage creative practice, such as practicing in front of a mirror.

• Provide a music stand.

4. Assist in the care of the instrument.

• An instrument works well only when it is maintained in the best possible condition.

• It should be cleaned after each use and returned to its case and stored in a safe place.

• Repairs should be made by an experienced, qualified repair person.

• Only your student should play the instrument, no one else.

5. Instrumental music is both an individual and a group endeavor.

• Reinforce skills needed to participate as part of a group, including individual responsibility, dependability, ownership, and attention.

• Stress the importance of being punctual for lessons and rehearsals.

• Encourage faithful attendance at school and community music activities and other cultural events.

6. Get acquainted with your child's director.

• Call or email whenever you have questions or concerns.


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