How to help your child to develop an interest in continuing their piano lessons when they start to get bored and shirking piano practise.
This post is written for parents who are trying to help a child regain interest in learning the piano if he or she gets bored and starts shirking practising.
Something like this can happen a lot. You’re very young child can get bored off the piano lessons. Sometimes they seem to hit a wall and find difficult to proceed any further.
Piano lessons can get monotonous especially during the initial lessons when the attention is on things like learning keys, scales and finger practice.
There are several things you can do to make your child take interest again in their piano lessons.
Some of the suggestions below and their applicability will depend upon the age of the people as well as the level of piano knowledge.
Introduce some fun software, games and devices
There are many fun ways for the very young to learn the piano. These include piano games, software and devices like MIDI keyboards that hook up to computers. All these things do the same thing. They help your child to learn the piano more interactively.
These gadgets and tools can make otherwise monotonous lessons like practicing scales and learning notes a more fun and enjoyable process.
Use a fun self learning piano course.
A self teaching piano course can break the monotony of formal lessons. Some of these self teaching piano tutorials take a different approach to conventional lessons.
For example instead of doing a lot of sheet reading, they can introduce your child to rhythm style piano.
Rhythm style piano teaches chords and rhythms to songs allowing your child to play their favourite songs on the piano and even sing along. This can be helpful in making piano learning enjoyable once again.
A different approach to learning the piano especially helpful when the students seems to hit a wall and seems to be having problems progressing any further with their piano lessons.
If your child is being difficult about their piano practise, you can offer them incentives to keep them at it till the time that they start taking interest on their own.
For example an extra outing, a favourite meal etc. are simple but effective ideas of incentives that could get the children to pursue the piano lesson diligently. It is important to keep the incentives simple yet effective. It is also important to deal them out in ration.
They should be a special treat and should not be expected every time by your child when they practise on the piano.
The idea of the incentives is to make them realise the joy of playing the piano and develop a genuine interest in it on their own.
Every time that they expect a reward for their efforts, make them push themselves a little bit more so that they make progress.
Learn in a group or join a piano class
Young students find the process of learning the piano specially arduous if they are learning in the solitary. You can allay this problem in various ways.
You can learn along with your child. Not only can you make things more interesting but you can help each other out while spending quality time with each other, which your young one is sure to appreciate and enjoy.
This is something that actually benefits the both of you and on more than one level.
Another option is to find another child wants to take piano lessons. They can learn together and even alternate between houses to hold the piano lessons.
Joining a piano class is also a good option at this point if it is convenient. Your child would get to interact with other children and possibly have more fun with their piano lessons.
Get the right piano teacher.
If you have individual piano lessons for your child, and your child is find the lessons boring and tiresome, you may need to inquire about the music interest of the child.
By diverging slightly from the conventional and strict music lessons every now and then and indulging the taste of the child in terms of what they like to play on the piano, you can keep their interest going in the right direction.
Most piano teachers are able to incorporate such changes and exceptions in their piano teaching routine. If not, maybe you should look for a more flexible piano teacher.
Always remember, that in the very beginning, with very young students, the idea of music appreciation and developing the love of playing and learning the piano is just as important as giving them the right lessons.