For parents

One disadvantage when children have music lessons in school is that the teacher gets very few opportunities to meet with, and talk to, the parents. I hope this web site can go a little way towards solving that problem.

Do please let me know what you think, and don’t hesitate to send comments or questions relating to your child’s lessons. Sending me an e-mail is a convenient way to do this. If your message is likely to be of wider interest, I’ll ask your permission to post it on this site. (If there are privacy concerns, I can arrange password access for part of the site.)

One thing I have learnt during my time teaching is that the part played by parents can make an enormous difference to progress. I try to make the lessons fun, and look for music that the children will enjoy playing, but there is no denying the fact that learning to play an instrument can be quite hard work. This is particularly true in the early days when they are trying to master the reading of printed music, as well as learning how to play the instrument itself. When parents take an interest in progress, and encourage their child to play regularly at home, the process becomes a lot less painful.

Practise cartoon

I know from experience with my own children that this can be a difficult balance. All children go through phases of not wanting to practise, or being heavily involved with other activities. Applying too much pressure can then be counterproductive. But even a few minutes, particularly if you can sit down with them while they practise, can make a big difference. (You don’t need to be able to play yourself. Some of the best results have been achieved when parents have asked their child to teach them!)


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