Thursday, 1 June 2017

Music Education – A Process of Partnership and Perseverance

Our musical year has started well and we are already noticing significant artistic development in our students. Maintaining this valuable momentum requires intelligent outcomes, highly competent staff and a student clientele which is resilient and industrious. These qualities are most potent when linked to optimistic parental mentoring and partnership.

We have high expectations of the students that we teach and the ensembles that we run. Consistent practice and weekly attendance at rehearsals is foundational to the excellent results we are achieving. 

Below are some ideas on how you – as mentor and parent – can encourage your child to persevere in this exciting journey of Music Education.

  1. What should I do if my child wishes to quit? Don't give in! –– Particularly in the early stages of involvement in the program. There are so many great reasons for persevering with music. It is an investment of both parental time and resources. Investment involves: devoting time, effort, and energy to an undertaking with the expectation of a worthwhile result. 
  2. What do I do when my child becomes frustrated with their progress? Ensure that they are practising regularly. This single factor will solve most of their problems. It is not easy learning an instrument. It is just hard work (for all of us). 
  3. Get them to listen to professional recordings of music they are studying. This exercise implants the right sound into the student's mind, clearly modelling the sound that students should be aiming for. Their private teachers are a great sound model resource. 
  4.  A little practice everyday is better than none at all. It is rare that a child will want to go and practice on their own. Frequently they will need you – the parent – to supervise and encourage them. 
  5. Be physically present for some of your child's practice sessions. Offer suggestions, to show your child that you are listening to them. You may not be ‘musical’ but that does not matter. You will need to be a part of this journey with them, regardless of your musical expertise. 
  6. Keep going –– consistency and involvement in your child's music education will bring success to the student and certainly vicarious joy to the parent. 

Remember –– Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard!! 

Partnership and perseverance is the key – it is worthwhile, so let us continue the good work. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to discuss ways in which you can assist with the development of your child's musical progress and success.

Kind regards,

Miss Jennifer Geering

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