As a parent, do you sometimes find it hard to motivate your son or daughter to practice drums? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Next time your child is reluctant to practice, try these tips from music teacher Willy M...
Parents, listen up: don’t yell or pull out your hair. I know it can be frustrating to get your child to practice drums, but it’s not impossible.
If you’re reading this article, you probably have a son or daughter learning to play drums, and you’re wondering how to motivate your child to practice. If you notice that you constantly have to remind him or her, take some time to find out why he or she may not to practice. Below are some factors which may influence your child’s desire to practice drums. By paying attention to and changing some of these things, you may be able to motivate your child, and make drum practice more fun.
1. Practice Space
Does your child have a dedicated place to practice every day? This is important because drums require a lot of set up. If your son or daughter has to move their set around constantly in order to practice, then they’re less likely to want to play. Give them a set place to practice each day and they wont be discouraged about having to set up their equipment.
2. Necessary Materials
Does your son or daughter have everything he or she needs for practice? No one wants to play by themselves; does your child have a CD player, MP3 player, or computer to listen to music while they’re playing? This can make practicing easier, and make their practice time more enjoyable. Also, make sure your child has the right drum set and gear. For example, if they’re learning drum rolls, make sure they have a drum head or pad to use for practice. Make sure your child has the right equipment in order to succeed.
3. Practice Buddies
Does your child feel bored and lonely while practicing drums? Maybe he or she wants to play with friends rather than practicing? Encourage your child to invite one of his or her friends who play an instrument. Maybe tell them, “if you practice for 20 minutes Monday through Thursday, then on Friday your friends can come over for a jam session!” This is a great way to motivate even the most stubborn child to practice.
4. Find the Right Teacher
Is your son or daughter happy with his or her drum lessons? It’s important to make sure their teacher is encouraging and supports their individual learning style. Consider sitting in on a lesson to gauge your child’s level of enjoyment. The right teacher can help your child learn, and inspire him or her to want to improve.
Hopefully these tips have taken some of the guesswork out of how to motivate your child to practice drums. When your child is learning drums, it’s important to be encouraging, and a great way to do this is to play along with them! Beating out a simple rhythm isn’t that hard, and you can play a hand drum or tambourine while your kid plays drums. It will not only help them become a better musician, but it will strengthen your relationship with your child.
Willy M. teaches guitar, ukulele, and mandolin lessons in Winston, NC. He has been playing drums since he was in high school and enjoys playing hand drums and percussion, as well as other ethnic drums. He is the author of the Dead Man’s Tuning series of mandolin songbooks, and is a former member of the American Federation of Musicians. Willy has been teaching for 20 years, and his students have ranged in age from young children to folks in their 80’s. Learn more about Willy.
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