Useful Tips For Helping Your Child Practice Piano

Have an idea of what your child is supposed to be working on.

Ask your child’s piano teacher to explain and show you your child’s weekly assignments. When your child is at the piano, you will be better able to help them practice.

If possible, place the piano in an area where your child won’t be isolated during practice.

The living room, or another place the family frequents, is a good idea. It can be lonely to go into a separate room, away from everybody in the house, to practice.

Frame piano practice as the fundamentally creative activity it is.

To practice the piano is to become better able to play expressively and musically — and to ‘paint the picture’ that the composer intended for the music to ‘portray’, so to say. For your children, especially: engage their imaginations at the piano!! Encourage them to imagine and explain to you what the piece they’re playing (no matter how simple the piece, in the case of children taking beginner piano lessons) might be about.

Take your children to see live performances of ‘classical’ music, including concerts of professional pianists.

Sometimes children are inspired to take up an instrument after hearing a professional play live. Seeing an accomplished pianist in action might just help to spark interest in practicing the piano.