We all dream about our children leaping out of bed in the morning and rushing to the piano to practise without being reminded. This does, after all, happen from time to time. However, regardless of how eager our children are to improve on their performance, inspiring music students to practice at the piano may be tough at times. There are too many sources of distraction these days!
So, here are a few ways to motivate piano students to keep practicing their instruments:
Ensure the Piano is Available
It’s a lot simpler to get students to practice the piano when the piano is open and visible. It also needs to be tuned and in condition to use. When the television is in the same room as the piano, it’s far more difficult to get music students to practise. It reduces the amount of time available for practice. It is critical to place the piano in a separate area where the learner can readily access it and begin playing. However, ensure that the child does not feel alone.
Use new techniques to practice
Choose a method or a task for them to complete that will encourage them to practice in a new way. Allow them to mash up the music and play it in random order. Have them play it in a different key, staccato, fast, or slow. Make it more interesting and varied by changing things up. For more information on this, ask your childâ€™s instructor.
Build a relationship with trust
Students are more inclined to do what is requested of them when they trust the instructor and believe that what is being asked is actually for their best interests. Knowing your students, caring about their well-being and what they feel and need, modifying your own values to theirs, and being a cheerleader while still pushing them to achieve are all ways to build a connection.
Use rewards as a way to keep them motivated
Being able to play is a reward in itself for some kids, and this is ideally what we desire. However, most youngsters will go through phases of being really enthusiastic and then being less enthusiastic. Dangling a prize in front of them can help kids get through the hard periods. However, rather than suggesting, “Do 10 minutes and then you can watch TV,” it’s best to be specific: “Learn one line of your new piece.” This provides them with a goal to work for rather than just passing the time.
Find other students they can connect with
Allow students to make connections with other students who can serve as role models. It may seem impossible to ever be as skilled as the instructor, but when it comes to fellow students, they can recognize and rise to the occasion.
When students don’t understand why they’re doing something, it’s difficult for them to be motivated and driven. They require a reason to practice. Give them a life-related purpose and assist them in finding motivation as they understand why this is essential to them.