1. Write it down!
Just like you have a schedule for soccer practice, you need to have a schedule for when you will practice your instrument. Get it on the calendar, get it down on paper.
2. Attach it to an already existing routine:
Maybe practice gets done right after dinner or right before you brush your teeth. Or maybe every day after school you go for a walk and then practice. Find something that you already do everyday and partner the two activities up together.
3. Leave your instrument out of the case!
Out of sight, out of mind. When you don’t see it, sometimes you just forget. Try leaving your instrument in a safe, but visual place that you can pick it up at a moment’s notice
We get it, you’re busy! While you are in the car, listen to the recording. Or take your flute on the way to another activity and get some repetitions in on the drive. Find creative ways to maximize time and get it done!
5. Take responsibility, as the parent:
This is especially true for young children, but kids & teens of all ages need support and guidance with practice. Developing skills like self discipline, time management, resilience, and motivation take time. We cannot leave it up to the child to just remember to practice.
One day your child will thank you for those music lessons and for all the time, energy, and money spent. We understand it’s a journey and we are here to help!