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Ten Things Parents Can Do To Help With Piano

Here are ten things parents can do to help their kids with piano lessons. So if you apply these suggestions kids will become more engaged with the piano. You can't just hire a piano teacher and sit back, unless you want disaster. Be aware of what you want for your child. The best position is to simply hope that your child will be attracted to the piano. Perhaps then they can be led further up the giant mountain that is the piano.

Teachers
1. Choose an appropriate piano teacher. If the child doesn't like the teacher, choose another. You need someone who understands kids because kids don't respond well to disciplinarians.

2. Watch your child's response to the teacher. Do they play at home by themselves, or are they disengaged and confused by the piano?

Practicing
3. Don't hover over the child or demand that they practice. If they are not enjoying playing, you have a teacher problem.

4. Don't become a surrogate teacher unless you have the proper musical skills. You can observe, but don't comment unless it is positive. 

Where To Put The Piano
5. Consider the placement of the instrument in your home. Usually, a high-traffic place works best, but some kids like to work alone, so consider getting an inexpensive electronic keyboard and putting it in their room.

6. Become the child's audience, their cheering section. The piano is so difficult that you should praise any effort.

Start Playing Yourself
7. The most sure-fire way to get your child to play is to start playing yourself. They will love to see you grappling with the same problems as they are. It also gives the child a chance to teach you, and this leads to a rapid rise in self-esteem.

8. Everything follows from the choice of teacher, so choose the right teacher and all will probably go well. If you've chosen the wrong teacher, listen to your child's complaints, and there will be many. If your child hates it, stop the lessons.

Don't Compare Kids
9. There is a "knack" to the piano, and not everyone has it. Additionally, this knack is often completely hidden in younger kids, who are still struggling with their developing brains. So patience on the part of the parent is essential.

10. Don't compare your child's piano skills to anyone else's. It is extremely destructive to a child. This is because kids cannot control the development of their brains, and each child develops extremely differently. Protect your child from such comparisons.

This is because comparisons are poisonous for many kids, especially in terms of piano recitals. Let them develop at their own pace.You and the teacher have to allow the child to fail repeatedly, but somehow get back on the horse again. It takes a lot of support for kids to manage this.

Kids at the piano need to learn how to happily fail and repeat. That is the hardest part of the piano for kids.

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