This method is very simple but the rewards can be huge for both parent and child.
- Stop a moment and listen when your child is practising.
- However well they have played make a positive comment.
- Leave them to their practice.
- Repeat regularly.
A child who is struggling will be given a lift by a few kind words from their parents. A child who is already doing well will feel even more confident.
You could try the following phrases:
That sounds much better than the last time I heard it.
It sounds as though your practice is really paying off.
Well done, you must be really pleased with that!
Do not on any account say: “Is that the tune the cat died on?” or “Can’t you play any proper music?”. Even though your comments may be in jest they will remain with your child for a long time.