Learning a musical instrument is an endeavour that last many years. There is a big commitment for parents to send their kids to music lessons. I hear so many parents to say my child has been asking me for lessons for three weeks and I finally gave in!
This is because parents know how many things that children sign up for and then give up very shortly because of the change of heart. So how can you make sure that your child is prepared and you can support them in the right ways so that they can enjoyed learning guitar in the long term.
Set up the right expectations
Children want to enjoy doing what they do and a lot of parents have different expectations to the child and to the guitar teacher.
It’s important for you to have the right expectation of what to expect when your child is learning a musical instrument. Especially if you don’t play one yourself. And also for your child to have for expectations.
We hear a lot of parents have never played an instrument before having a lot of opinion of what they think their child should be doing when they’re learning to play the guitar.
Different Schools, different philosophies
When actually different guitar schools have different philosophies and how best to help your child learn to play a musical instrument. So I’ll just share some of us.
Some schools are very orientated towards your child completing grades. This is very common. This is how a lot of students have learnt for the past 50 years and is great I’ve been invented, often parents like it because it’s a mark of how well their child is progressing. And you can compare yourself to other people’s children.
Often teachers to teach with this philosophy have a very classic approach to their teaching as well. 15 minutes of scales 15 minutes of one piece 15 minutes of another piece during the lesson. Modest does work as in learning mechanism for children. Children find it rather tedious and not very fun.
Which approach is going to right for you and your child?
Find out more in Part 2 of this article.