If you’re looking to diversify your child’s education with music and enhance their wellbeing – the piano is a great place to start.
Our students love learning how to play the piano at Music Education Centre because they’re able to progress quickly. From playing a recognisable tune after the first lesson to learning up to 20 pieces of music after a year.
Parents tell us they love their children playing the piano because they can see how enriching it is. From the improved attention spans to the increased confidence. They also love having a musical home with their children putting on musical performances for friends and family. It’s also a great release for children who are feeling stressed or anxious.
Learning to play the piano really is a wonderful way to discover the power of music and all it has to offer.
Getting piano lessons in Auckland for your child offers massive benefits that extend beyond learning how to play the instrument. It’s understandable that you will want your child to get as much from the experience as possible. While the piano teacher at your Auckland or North Shore music school can do a lot, there are also things that you can do to help your child progress and develop a love of both music and the piano.
Here are our top three tips for parents of children who are starting to learn the piano.
Your child will need to practice between lessons. That means they will need an instrument, but make sure you get as good an instrument as possible. The ideal situation is to get an instrument that is similar to the instrument that your child uses when at their piano lessons in West or East Auckland, or North Shore.
Often, parents will get their child a keyboard that doesn’t have weighted keys or is smaller than the piano used in lessons. This can reduce the benefits of practice and cause frustration.
Of course, there are other things you need to consider. Purchasing an instrument is a big investment, particularly when your child is just starting out. You may not want to make such an investment until they are further along in their piano learning journey. The best approach is to get advice from our team here at The Music Education Centre. We should be able to point you in the direction of cost-effective instrument options that will ensure your child has a good piano or similar instrument to practice on.
Look, it happens – sometimes a week goes by with little or no practice on the piano, even with the best of intentions. This is no reason for missing a lesson, though. If your child is feeling embarrassed about the lack of practice, reassure them that it will be okay. Our teachers would much prefer to see your child at the lesson rather than them missing out further.
That said, your child’s teacher is likely to explain why practice is important, but that is part of the learning process.
We know this is another difficult one, but the more that you can be involved with your child’s piano practice, particularly in the early stages, the easier it will be. They will enjoy it more if you are there. You can help them when they get stuck, too, even if you don’t have any piano playing experience. There are plenty of resources online that teach parents the basics of piano that you can then use to help your child practice.
Remember, at The Music Education Centre, we believe playing a musical instrument should be enjoyable. It should be something that your child looks forward to. You can help create this fun atmosphere by getting involved, even if it is only for a few minutes each day.
We run one-on-one lessons every term and you only need to commit on a month-by-month basis at our Music Centres, and by term for Music In Schools lessons.
We can also provide recommendations on where to hire a Piano or keyboard if you want to try it out before you commit.
Book a call with us to find out if the piano is right for you or your child.