Today is the beginning of Exercise with Your Child Week (Aug. 8 – 14) which reminds parents and guardians of the importance to exercise with their children as part of a healthier lifestyle. And now that I have reminded you about this, allow me to turn this into a call to practice piano with your children.
Exercising (the piano) with your child will:
- Improve their overall musical well-being – When you “send” your child to practice the piano alone in a separate room you send a message of “I’m not interested”, “I need you to leave me alone”, or “My time on the computer is so much more entertaining”. All of these might be true, but not helpful to their musical progress. Most of the time children are taking lessons because you, the parent, want them to and being isolated in a room for 30 minutes is really a punishment, not a good thing.
- Maintain a healthy love of music – The weekly assignments that your child needs to review are vital nutrients for their musical development. When these nutrients are enjoyed with someone special, a stronger connection is created. A good example is my new habit of drinking a green juice of vegetables and fruit, every morning. I am encouraged to continue because family and friends are happily expecting their cup of juice every morning. We have created a special connection, a stronger bond.
- Reduce the risk of dropout – Many of the complaints that I receive from parents have to do with practice at home. “Johnny doesn’t want to practice”, is a weekly melody. Most of my students love coming to their lesson, but hate to practice. If they do not practice, they make no progress. A daily battle rages at home finally the parent gives up and another piano dropout is born. However, when daily piano exercise following the teachers assignment of musical nutrients is combined with a strong parent/child connection, the risk of being a dropout is greatly reduced.
Make this week the beginning of a healthier and musical lifestyle!