Having a child (or two) in music lessons is an incredible experience in a lifetime. The challenges and rewards are both endless. Since I’ve been both the parent and the music teacher for over 25 years, it’s time I give out a list of specific jobs for a music parent. …thank me later 🙂
If you are reading this article for yourself (and not as a music parent, but rather as the adult musician yourself), then you will also realize what needs to be happening for your own development. Without someone to ‘help’ you as a parent would in this case, you should know that you are responsible for both sides of the coin. Which is kind of cool. The ball is definitely in your court.
Having a child in music lessons is an incredible experience in a lifetime.
Probably the most important item the parent needs to keep track of is the lesson binder. In my flute lesson studio both here in Utah and also for my online students I provide specific skills and assignments for each lesson. I demonstrate and teach the very precisely what needs to happen for the ‘next step’ in development. It’s so, so very important that this list is itemized and practiced in detail before the next lesson. Or, we’re stuck for a while.
These progress notebooks become sort of like a journal in the fact that you can go back and review past skills, measure progress in ‘time’ or ‘musical selection’, and keep your memory refreshed. It’s a lot of information to keep track of. The better your notebook, the better you’ll feel about your efforts. Music is ultra organized, and so should you be.
Take really good notes of each lesson and keep track of the binder. Print out new sheets once-in-awhile. Color code the months, and use fun things like achievement stickers as well. Anything and everything helps!
The most critical thing to note from this lesson is this: celebrate every success with your child. Every single one, no matter how small or large.
It’s not an easy thing to put yourself out there and become vulnerable and teachable. It takes self-patience, discipline, and and quite a bit of perseverance. But, of course it is totally worth every minute.
How is your music progress notebook coming along? Do you have any tips or hints that can help our online flute community even more? Please share!