Many are familiar with the situation when a child enthusiastically starts studying at a music school, but after a couple of years wants to quit everything and talks about the “musician” at best with boredom, and at worst with hatred.
How to be here?
Tip number one. Give your child a goal.
Learning anything is a lot of work, and music, which is not mandatory for everyone, requires effort and daily practice, is especially difficult! And if your child’s only motivation is “I study because my mother wants to,” then he won’t be enough for a long time. As practice shows, for a couple of years, while he is still small.
Why is he studying music? Ask him this question himself – and listen carefully. If there is a goal, it is clear and understandable, then everything is simple: support it, show how to achieve it with the help of classes at a music school and at home, help with advice and action.
It is a little more difficult if there is no goal as such, it is vague or does not motivate enough. Your task in this case is not to impose your own or some worthy, in your opinion, goal, but to help find your own. Give him a couple of options and see what happens.
- For example, draw a picture of how at a school concert he will play a cover of a song by a popular band, and not an 18th century minuet – in the eyes of his friends he will immediately become cool!
- Show how you can attract admiring glances by playing an instrument. Many examples! Take at least the popular group “The Piano Guys” : the guys became famous all over the world precisely thanks to the arrangement and performance of popular melodies.
- Or Luca Stricagnoli , a virtuoso guitarist: his most popular video is a performance of “Thunderstruck” (AC/DC).
- Find and share videos of professional musicians, they inspire! Be like “that guy with the guitar” – who doesn’t want to?
If you still have a baby
Just remember: whatever the goal is, it must not be yours. This should be your child’s goal.