Is it because we want them to stop texting or playing video games by going to their rooms and making some noise - even for ten minutes?
Or do we want them to have the capability of performing very complex, sophisticated (and extremely difficult) instrumental music, to become another Mozart or Segovia or Joshua Bell?
We spend lots of money and time on music lessons, but finally our child may quit and never go back again. We provide all thode magical, unbelievably intresting gadgets such as a Smart phone, iPad, or PlayStation with many games - and then we ask them to set them aside and practice for hours.
Don´t we really just want our children - willingly and for the rest of their lives - to play their instrument well, enjoy the experience, and be proud of themselves, creating a goog level of self-confidence. Is this not what we want?
Children are different, and families are different. There is not one rule that works for everyone. Do not push your children to practice. Parents often will have dailyarguments with a child about practicing. The frequent result is that the child practices resentfully, if at all. Eventually, the parent or child (or both) simply stops the lessons.
Forcing a child to practice often brings about an aversion to the instrument. If youhaven´t had such an experience, you may ask other families. There are more people who have quit than people who have continued to play an instrument. Children whowish to quit will do so as soon as they are older and the parents can no longer force them to practice. You, yourself, might have had such difficulties with practicing when you were young, and may now regret that you stopped. You may not have realized that this situation was not really your fault.
There is an alternative school of thought among music teachers that prevents this dilemma. Parents are asked not to pressure a child to practice. Please continue reading to learn more about this method, wich I habe used very successfully.
Teaching music - especially guitar - to children is not as easy as one might think. You probably have some knowledge of mathematics, science, or history, and you may therefore be able to help your child with some of their homework. It is less likely,however, that you have much, if any, knowledge of teaching music. It is important to recognize that, even if you play an instrument, it doesen´t mean that you can teach it.
Teaching music is an art unto itself. The teacher needs to know the psychology of TUTORING, which is also fifferent from teaching a class full of students.
To be a music teacher, one must also be a very good performer. But being a good performer has little to do with the art of teaching - that is, tutoring. The music tutor must have a great knowledge of music and must be a great performer - but he or she must also be a master of the art of teaching.