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Piano Lessons: Peery Essential Habits Level Two: Parent Involvement

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If the student is ages five to eight,
it's really important that they have a
supportive practice partner and
the younger the student is the more the
practice partner needs to be involved.
So if the student is five or six years
the practice partner really does need to
sit down and
practice with the student every day.
It's great for a five year old to start
the Peery curriculum because at age five,
your muscles will learn things so quickly
and stay in there for a lifetime.
So if you can start at age five, all these
things become so easy for
the student, by the time they're seven and
eight, they play automatically.
But the other side of that is it really
does take another person helping
the five year old.
So if you have someone ages five or six,
it is your,
the five or six year old really needs a
parent or a practice partner to watch all
the video lessons with them and then sit
by them while they're practicing and make
sure they're following all the details
that I've outlined in the curriculum.
As the student gets older, the practice
partner is needed less.
So for example, if the student is seven,
seven or eight years old you might want
to sit with them for the first few days of
practice or maybe the first day or
two, making sure that they're on the right
track and learning the right things and
then let them practice for the remaining
three, three to five days on their own.
By the time the student is in sixth and
seventh grade, it's important
that they start doing all of their lessons
and practicing on their own,
that they take responsibility for it and
form their own relationship with music.
You can still be supportive of them as a
practice partner by giving them a great
instrument to practice on and putting it
in a quiet place in the house and
making sure that you have a dedicated time
for them to practice each day,
that you take time out of their busy
schedule and
give them time to practice and accomplish
their goals.
But it is important as they get older that
they start doing their music lessons on
their own.