Parents are constantly looking for something new that their kids can try out. Apart from studies, they want the little ones to indulge in something creative too. Music is the buzz word today. With increasing awareness of immense benefits it has on overall growth and intelligence of children, parents are keen on their kids joining music classes. Kids too love music and are known to grasp it really well.

If you have recently enrolled your kid in a music class and wondering how to best provide support and encouragement for music lessons of your kids, especially when it comes to practicing, here’s what you need to do.

Here are some tips and advice on how often your child practice should:

Inform your Child

To learn music from a qualified teacher, you need to enroll him to a popular music academy: Once the enrolment is done, make sure your child knows that practice is an important and inseparable part of learning music. Children tend to show keenness and passion initially when joining a music class. However, they usually tend to give up or get bored of the monotony of ‘practice’ rules. This is where parents should join in. Let your child develop an interest in learning music and practice daily. Never force your child if it is his/her playtime. Choose a time when your child is relaxed and ready to practice. Also, don’t allow your child to play on the instrument for a long time, even if he/she wants.

Speak to your Child

Let your child share the experience in class daily. Ask him/her about the session and what did they learn. You must know what they liked and disliked about their class.

The Six Days a Week Rule

Experts suggest children to practice six days a week. This is the rule they must follow to achieve desired results. The length of day to day session will depend on the age of the child. Younger children (between ages 3 and 4) must practice at least 10 minutes each day. Children between the ages 5 and 6 need to extend their practice sessions to about 15 minutes a day. If your child is 7 or 8 years old, keep the practice session up to 20 minutes. Nine and ten year olds should practice at least 25 minutes a day. Those between the ages 11 and 14 must devote 30 minutes to music studies regardless of the instrument they use.

Variations in Practice Time

The practice time suggestions mentioned in the above point may vary. These may change under various circumstances such as if an upcoming performance or audition is lined up. Under these conditions, your child can extend the daily practice session by around 10 minutes. You can change practice time as per your child’s long-term goals.

What they Love?

Although regular practice sessions are very important, they tend to get very monotonous and tedious for children. Ultimately, you must remember that your little musician’s hands might get tired playing the instrument all six days a week. So if you observe that your child is really tired of his/her regular music curriculum, then it is still very important to play at least something. So let the child play something for fun. The idea is to avoid breaking the regime. Encourage your little one to just pull out a piece that they’ve always wanted to play.

Short Breaks

What if your child shouts – “I’m TIRED of practicing!”? Well, in this case, you simply need to allow him to take a short break. He can always come back to piano later. Remember that it is VERY important NOT to force the little one into a frustrated and annoyed state. If you do, they might start hating to play the instrument.