Each year, I try to help my students practice more efficiently. But, the fact of the matter is that without parent involvement there is only so much I can do. Especially with my youngest students who are unable or struggle with reading my (fabulous) practice notes.
Once my kids entered school, I developed a whole new appreciation for just how involved parents are expected to be. And, with twins in different classes we have seen just how diverse those expectations can be. For Grade 2, one teacher expected us to sit with our child while he read for 20 minutes a day, ask him questions at the end of each reading session, review math facts for a weekly test, help him complete occasional projects, & read a couple emails a week. Our other sons teacher expected us to have him read on his own (or with us) for as close to 20 minutes for as possible as many days a week as we could handle. We were encouraged to praise him & talk to him about notes in his agenda. And, if there was a concern she encouraged us to email, call, or talk to her before/after school. Neither approach was wrong, but as a parent I can tell you that the second approach was much more appreciated. However, before kids my approach more closely aligned with the first teacher.
So, when I read Andrea’s article this morning I was inspired. She hit the nail on the head. It is easy, quick, & can have huge impact on a child’s enthusiasm for playing. Follow the link below to read more about how you can help your piano parents support their kids this upcoming year.
I desperately want piano parents to take an active and effective role in home practice routines. For this reason, I am on a perpetual search for creative ways to make their participation easy, encouraging and effective. Finding the perfect solution to parent participation can be challenging. It has to be both easily manageable for busy parents…