north bay trumpet
Parental Role in Music
Typical teacher comment at a first lesson:
"I want to help my child get the most out of their lessons
and make sure they are practicing the right material and the
right amount each week."
New student's/parent's comment: "How
would you suggest going about
- Be sure to ask the child IF they are
interested in taking lessons.
- Be sure to ask WHY they are interested in
- Never help a child directly with a task that
they have the means to complete on their own.
- A parent (and teacher) should move from
helping regularly to "being available" (learning when not to help) as
quickly as possible.
- Assistance can be replaced by the guidance
provided by asking a question and stimulating the child to answer find
their own solutions.
- A casual "nod", pat on the back, or smile
after a practice session that has gone well is often adequate support.
- A parent can act as a non-judgmental listener
and progress monitor 1 or 2 times a week if necessary.
- (Guidelines for this can be provided by the
teacher via email upon request.)
- Listening to good recorded trumpet music
together followed by the parent comment like: "I am sure you could do
that by the time you graduate from high school if you continue to
practice and take lessons."
- The question: "What are you working on right
now for your next lesson?" can be an effective focus tool.
- This may also open a brief discussion of the
content of a lesson and what instructions or tasks are on the horizon
during the new week.
- If a child is working on something he
already sounds good on, encouragement to begin to work more on things
they can not yet do well might be helpful.
- A little encouragement goes a long way.
- If a student gets a little encouragement, they
will be inspired to repeat the behavior that was praised.
- Curiosity about the student's "process" of
cleaning their instrument, holding their instrument, practicing, can be
helpful and inspiring.
- Everyone likes to share something about a
subject that they know and about themselves.
Teacher comment: "If
you are interested in helping your child, the best thing you can
do is be available."