“My child has been learning music for quite some time but recently, he feels demotivated to practise at home.”
“My child is tired of practising the same pieces over and over again.”
“My child does not want to practise at all.”
Do these examples sound familiar to you? Is this you?
Fret not as you are not alone! Your concern is a common dilemma among parents of music students.
Learning music, like many other forms of arts or trades, takes time and therefore requires grit, smart practising, and goals to work towards such as a series of performances and maybe even music exams. This seemingly long process may easily cause boredom or frustration on the child and may consequently lead to giving up.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to this problem as various other factors may be the cause. However, it is worth considering the idea of giving your child an opportunity to perform his music publicly as one of the potential solutions.
As musical skills are acquired, it is but fitting to have it shared to others.
Performing for someone else is likened to giving your special someone a precious gift. You just cannot wait for the moment where you can finally give it. In a similar sense, preparing for a performance can potentially ignite enthusiasm not just on the students but also on the parents and the teachers alike.
Our primal instinct teaches us to avoid embarrassment at all cost. We thus want to be able to encourage students to make the most of their preparation time. When done efficiently and effectively, this good practice will certainly help the students build their confidence, conquer stage fright, and not to mention, enrich their musical experiences over time.
Parents play an enormous role on their child’s music learning journey. As children’s emotions are rather fragile, parents, in partnership with the teacher, should ensure that their child is well prepared for an upcoming performance. Take note that any performance can either make them or break them.
This then brings us to this question…
HOW CAN PARENTS HELP THEIR CHILDREN PREPARE FOR A PERFORMANCE?
Music-related issues are not only the teacher’s concern, as there is only so much that can be done within every 30-or-60-minute-a-week lesson. Parents’ assistance then comes into play as enumerated below:
- Set a practice schedule. Practise requires commitment and what better way to exercise this than to set a weekly routine for your child to strictly adhere to? Along with this schedule are updated practice goals carefully set by the teacher.
- Be fully present during practices. On top of ensuring that the practice goals are achieved, your undivided attention tells your child that the performance he or she is preparing for is important to you as it is to your child. Also, children respond very well to affirmations, let alone material rewards, and earning these from their own parents at that very moment feels especially fulfilling.
- Have an open communication with the teacher. You may request for video or audio files from the teacher to supplement your child’s current learning resources at home. Having both parties updated on the child’s learning journey ascertains more speedy progress.
- Organise mini performances at home. Letting your child play or sing at a family dinner is just one of the many effective ways to rehearse. This will givehim a taste of how it is going to be like performing for other people other than his teacher.
- Interact with other parents. It is worth stressing that letting your child engage with other musical children expands his perspectives on learning music. This is equally true to parents. Practice habits, reward systems, learning resources are just some of the things that you get to share and explore with the other parents.
HOW CAN CHILDREN GAIN EXPERIENCE IN PERFORMANCE?
Performance opportunities include but are not limited to recitals, concerts, and exams. Consider these two points below to better decide on how to provide an enriching exposure for your child.
- Choose the right music school. There are plenty of music classes for kids available almost everywhere. Make sure to choose a school that delivers performance opportunities for their students, provides state-of-the-art recital halls, and has a strong partnership with an internationally recognised music examination body such as the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). Aureus Academy, for one, is the leading music school in Singapore which offers quality music classes for kids as well as for kids at heart!
- Choose the right teacher. Is this teacher a performer himself and a qualified music degree holder? Does he or she organise recitals or send students for exams? Does the teacher work well with kids? This guide questions will determine the likelihood of your child thriving as a music student.
Parents who are still thinking about sending their child for music lessons normally would find interest in this final question…
SHOULD YOU ENROL YOUR CHILD IN A MUSIC SCHOOL?
Being the leading music school in Singapore, Aureus Academy has a pool of highly-qualified, dedicated full-time teachers who have been vetted through rigorous selection and training processes. This is to ensure that music classes for kids be it face-to-face or online are constantly kept at high standards.
As the leading music school in Singapore, Aureus also offers first-class facilities from studios to musical instruments and all parents have access to the Aureus app where lesson cancellations, re-scheduling, booking of make-up lessons have never been made more convenient!
Performance opportunities are another perk that students can enjoy at Aureus. Teachers organise recitals at least twice a year on top of optional ABRSM exams. Aureus also has its own in-house recital halls in many locations across Singapore. Not every music school in Singapore can boast these benefits.
Now that you already have the general idea, it is high time for you to make a move. Chase every performance opportunity for your child if he or she is already learning music. What’s great is that Aureus Academy offers free trial lessons! You may contact our hotline +65 3158 5811 or book your free trial here: https://www.aureusacademy.com/book-your-free-trial/
Ariel Yncierto graduated with a Bachelor in Music with First Class Honours from the University of West London, where he won the Outstanding Achievement Award in Academics; in addition to a Degree in Secondary Education from Cebu Technological University, Philippines. A dedicated music educator, he is a Licensed Professional Teacher under the Professional Regulation Commission of the Philippines, and has had extensive teaching experience, having worked with students of all ages and abilities. Ariel is an active musician and choir conductor, who has sung with, and conducted choirs in Philippines, Singapore, and Taiwan. He currently serves on the faculty of Aureus Academy as a Voice and Music Exploration Teacher.