Three things to consider when your child begins the journey into music

Published: Oct 20, 2015  |   Category: motivation

  • “You are allowed to fail, and you will become better because of your failures.”
    • In music there are no red-pen marks for missed notes the way there are for wrong answers on tests — there is nothing for a student to feel bad about when he or she plays something “wrong”. Becoming skilled at a musical instrument requires struggle: Every student is going to sound 'bad' at first, while he or she is learning to sound good.
    • Students need to work on things that are just beyond what they are capable of, in order to get better and smarter— And that means they need to make mistakes. As students focus on that small gap— between what they are so far able to do and what they want to achieve— they will become better learners and better people.
  • "Hard work trumps talent every time.”
    • Practicing a skill over and over, the right way, fires circuits in our brains that solidify that skill. Of course, some students will find a skill easier at first than others will, but those who practice that skill daily in order to “burn it into their brains" will always far surpass people who don’t do so. Practicing a musical instrument helps children learn the universal truth that hard work trumps talent.
  • "This study of music is a long-term commitment, and we are going to stick with it.”
    • Studies have shown that students who identified that they would play their instrument for longer than one year, outperformed by up to 400 percent those students who committed to only one year of playing—even though both groups practiced the same amount of time!
    • The mindset students bring to their study of a musical instrument has a direct effect on their success. Thus it becomes the role of the parents to set the tone from the very first lesson: Do not allow the student to find an “easy out” by quitting lessons. To see good results, make the decision to invest in a child’s music education for at least a few years of his or her schooling. 

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