I understand how overwhelming it is to raise children. When you start your kid on beginning violin lessons in Los Angeles and you don’t know anything about music, you might think that dropping him/her off at the lesson and picking them up is enough. However, your child will never progress if you don’t help them practice and instill discipline in them at home.
Children will rarely understand the importance of daily practice on an instrument unless pushed on by parents. However, it is not only crucial to instill discipline, but also to make practicing fun. Ideally, you should be sitting in on your kids’ lessons in order to understand how they need to practice at home. You should have excellent communication with the instructor so that you understand the most efficient way to structure their practicing at home. Even if you don’t know how to read music and don’t understand rhythm, your child should be able to instruct you on basic concepts that will allow you to monitor his/her practicing.
You are probably thinking your child is enrolled in way too many activities and you would never have enough time to monitor all of them. Maybe a sport or language isn’t that important to be around for, but when they are starting violin lessons in Los Angeles, it is definitely another story. What you need to understand is that your child is too young to focus on everything their teacher is telling them. The instructor may write everything the kid needs to practice on their music, but your child will never understand what that entails unless they take it step by step - they will be overwhelmed with all the details.
These days, it is hard enough to get children to focus, let alone practice an instrument diligently for an hour or so a day. That is why they need parental structure, meaning parents who are involved and concerned about their progress. You need to monitor their dedication throughout the week to make sure they are on the right track. It is so easy for kids to get sidetracked, if they don’t have a strong parental unit guiding them they will never progress in their lessons.
Thanks so much for reading and please let me know if you have any questions. You are always welcome to call us with any concerns. We will guide you thought the process and make sure you feel comfortable starting your kid on a new instrument.
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