Learning how to play the piano is a journey. There will be times when your child will
be excited to practice their piano assignments, and eager to show you what they
have learned. Then, there will be times when it will be up to you to help them stay
on course. And then your child will be excited to learn more once again. This is
true for almost all piano students. I remember going through some ups and downs
myself when I was a child.
It is natural for a child to sometimes not "feel like practicing", or they may even say
that they want to stop taking piano lessons. If that happens there are some things
that can help:
You As a Parent Know What Is Best for Your Child.
Encourage them to continue, give them incentives. You can see the big picture,
while your child can not. You would not let them quit going to school if, for a time
they do not want to go, and later on your child will be grateful to you for that. I have
talked to many adults and none of them are happy that they stopped taking piano
lessons as children.
Ask Your Child About the Reason
There are different reasons why I student may feel discouraged, and many of them
are easily fixed.
Sometimes students are just too hard on themselves, and get frustrated if they can
not play a piece perfectly right away. They just need some reassurance, and
patience. Encourage your child to take l little break if you see them getting
frustrated with a certain musical piece, and to try it again later. Let the piano
teacher know about it at your next piano lesson if the piece seems to be too
Whenever I find out that they have a hard time reading music it usually is because
they have forgotten some of the notes, or there is something that they do not
understand. In such case we simply review the notes, explain the rule, and I play
the piece for them, and they are back on track.
If some students do not feel like practicing I point out that learning how to be good
at anything takes practice. This is true for reading, writing, all sports, and skills.
Yes, it requires work, but it is really worth it!
Talk to Your Piano Teacher.
If your child is discouraged, talk to your piano teacher about the issue, and to your
child - sometimes a little extra encouragement, or a change in the repertoire can
work out miracles. The piano teacher has a variety of methods, and experience to
draw on, and will choose the best solution depending on your child's needs and
Lastly, if you find out that your child's desire to stop taking piano lessons is not just
a temporary period of discouragement, but that he or she has truly lost interest, it
would be better to find an alternative activity that they will enjoy.
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