Generations of adults have often had hard experiences of The Arts, where the end product was the most important aspect of the lesson. This product was compared to others, possibly even ridiculed, leaving many feeling disillusioned by the prospect of creative expression.

This also means that parents can be unsure how to best support their child, when their own musical journey was limited or hindered.

In my experience, it can help to remember:

☺ Music is a process, not a product

☺ Patience and understanding will be required– not many sound like Mozart immediately!

☺ Make music a part of family life by showing interest in your child’s learning by sitting and listening to them regularly, or by listening when they are ready to show you a piece

☺ Organising a small concert for family/ friends to showcase their skills (often a hit with younger students!) can provide positive motivation to practice

☺ Create time and space for practice (inviting, well lit, airy space free of noise/ distraction)

☺ Recognition of all efforts is useful– musicians come in all shapes, sizes and abilities

☺ Create opportunities to share musical knowledge– let them teach you (teaching others is often the best teacher!)