Parents can play a big role in piano learning. For example they can help me to monitor their kids’ practice sessions at home. They can also foster musical atmosphere through bringing their kids to music concerts or just listening to the recordings together with their kids.
Well, I know I am too unrealistic. In fact many of my students are with working parents. Their parents often have long working hours. They return home late and are already very tired.
Moreover, even though they want to get involve in their kids’ piano learning, they think they know nothing about piano playing. They feel puzzled on how to get more involvement.
But I think mental support of parents is already the biggest involvement of piano learning. Thanks the help of Internet and communication technology, I find ways to deal with this situation. Let me share one of my experience here.
I am teaching a young student. He is around 5-year-old and studying in pre-grade. He doesn’t have strong interest in piano playing. He loses concentration easily during the lesson and loses patience in counting and note recognition. He also doesn’t have interest in piano practice at home. But the worst is he doesn’t care about how he plays. So you can imagine how worse the situation is. His mum is cautious about the progession. But she has to work and cannot squeeze time to come and talk to me frequently.
Last week, I asked the kid to play his homework tune in order to record and send it to his mum. We’ve tried several time. But each time when he cannot play the tune continuously he stoped immediately and stared at me. So far we cannot make a complete recording of the tune and he finally realized his discontinuity of his playing.
Then I ask him to play a tune he feel confident with. This time after a few trial he successes. He gave a big smile when he listened back to his playing. I sent this recording to his mum by whatsapp. The whole family felt happy to enjoy the recording.
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