Now we know that good music practice comes from being consistent and valuing the incredible power of music practice. Last in our series is…

Music practice key #3

You need to come to practicing with the mentality of being a co-learner, not a policeman.
We want them to use their natural curiosity about the world to their benefit. We want to nourish their ability to make discoveries and ask questions.
Sit with them in a calm and quiet attitude and help them to become self-propelled learners. When they make a discovery or breakthrough, they’re naturally motivated to continue—without threats, bribes or coercion!
And you need to celebrate every accomplishment! Give hugs, high fives, high praise when they overcome a hard spot in their music, or perfect a beautiful melodic phrase. Brag about them in front of other adults – not just about their ability to play, but about their drive to work hard and how they persevered through a challenge.
Use your teacher as a resource to break up their assignments into small, achievable goals for you to work on for the week and guide your child lovingly and gently toward taking more and more personal responsibility for their practice time.
Then sit back and watch your precious children grow and thrive through challenges, self-correct and gain confidence in everything they do the rest of their lives. Watch yourself become a better parent and a better person as you set an example for them.
Can we afford not to approach practice music this way?

Want to learn more about practice techniques that will help your family?

Get more out of music lessons and end the fighting at home! Mattix Music Studio is offering a parents-only workshop about how you can revolutionize music practice at your house and help your children (of all ages) develop the incredible life skills they need to thrive.
Ask questions and get specific ideas for your family. Click on the event below for registration and more information.
Information will be presented by studio owners Dan and Katie Mattix, with a question-and-answer time, and you will receive many practical ideas and materials to take home. Be sure to invite your friends!
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Want to sign up for private or group music lessons?

Mattix Music Studio has locations in Western Springs and Sycamore, IL and would love to add you to our studio family. We offer private music lessons for students ages three to adult, a variety of group classes, and Music Together® classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
Check out our fall lessons in Sycamore!
Check out our fall lessons in Western Springs!
Contact us for more information about lessons and schedules.
Happy Practicing!
Katie Mattix
Director, Mattix Music Studio
[email protected]
708-638-3027 / 815-757-5284