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Piano Lessons: Peery Essential Habits 3 — Parent Involvement

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In Essential Habits Level 3,
Parent Involvement is really key to a
student's success,
especially if the student is young.
So, ages five and six, need, if a
student's age is five or six,
they really need a practice partner there
with them everyday.
The practice partner should be watching
the lessons as well
as sitting with them everyday throughout
their entire practice period making
sure that all the details that we've gone
over in the lesson are covered.
A five or six year old just can't focus on
that many details at once.
It's hard enough for them just to get
their muscles moving.
So it's the practice partner's job to
really serve as their teacher
during that practice period.
As the student is ages seven and eight,
it's important that the practice partner
is there for the first few days of
practice, either the first two or
three days to make sure that they're
started on the right track,
that they're not practicing with errors
for an entire assignment.
So don't just check them on the last day.
It's more important that you're with them
on the first few days,
getting them on the right track, and then
by the end of the week, they can be doing
some practice days on their own, kind of
getting some independence.
If the student is 9, 10, and 11,
especially grade six and
seven, they should be doing their
practicing on their own.
It's really important at this age that
they are forming their own relationship
with music and that they're doing it
A lot of times by this age, it can too
much into a battle between the student and
the parent.
And if you just let them be and be
supportive just in giving them a great
instrument to practice on, a dedicated
space in the house that's quiet where they
can focus and have some time alone with
their music and also, set aside time.
So really schedule out time in their
I know that kids are really busy.
So make sure you set aside time for their
practice, so that they can make
sure that they have the ability to
practice and, and keep these goals, and
make the goals that they've set for
themselves with their music study.