Help your child succeed!

Sometimes parents feel ill at ease when their child shows an interest in music.  If parents have never played in an orchestra, then a parent may feel as though they don’t have the experience necessary to help their child succeed.  Of course, parents don’t need to be experts in music, just like they don’t need to be experts in physics or chemistry!  Your child will succeed if you follow these simple guidelines for success published by the KUSD Curriculum Coordinators and the KUSD Music Faculty:

  1. Provide a quiet and private place for your child to practice, away from sources of distraction.
  2. Help your child to set aside a regular practice time and assist him or her in maintaining a daily practice schedule.
  3. Until good practice habits are established, parents should not be reluctant to be firm in their insistence upon regular and meaningful practice.
  4. Practice must be purposeful and directed at accomplishing specific results.  Monitor your child’s practice periodically to be sure that it is addressing specific goals.
  5. Periodically ask your child to perform for you and remember to reinforce their efforts with praise.
  6. Children need support and encouragement to gain confidence.  Never ridicule or make light of your child’s effort no matter how unsophisticated the musical results might be.
  7. Help your child to understand that developing skills in music can be a slow and demanding process. Patience and persistence are important traits for success in music.
  8. Know that providing the opportunity for your child to learn about music is a life long gift that you give to them.  There will be periods of frustration and low motivation during which students may need your help and encouragement.  Help your child to understand that “dropping out”  may be the easiest thing to do, but it is seldom the best solution.
  9. Provide opportunites for your child to attend live musical performances of many different types.
  10. Encourage your child to seek opportunites to perform in public, alone and in groups, both in and out of school.
  11. Show interest in your child’s musical development by regularly attending his or her concerts and recitals.
  12. Involvement in music provides your child with the opportunity to learn the meaning of teamwork.  Help your child understand and accept his or her responsibilities as a member of an orchestra by ensuring attendance at rehearsals and concerts.
  13. When well taught and seriously studied, music will provide opportunities for your child to grow socially, emotionally, and intellectually in ways that only the arts can provide. Help them to understand the value and benefits of their investment in the study of music.