- Learning a musical instrument is the same as all activities your child does. They keep doing them from one year to the next because we all know that learning a new skill requires time and no one can learn a new skill in a school term!
*An extensive study has found that students who studied music in primary school were almost one year ahead of their non-musically trained peers in their Maths, Science and English… continue here
PRACTISE TIPS – Please see below a few tips on how you can get the most out of every lesson.
- Please ensure students bring their books to their lessons EVERY week and perhaps a note book for communication between the parents and music teachers
- Make music practice a PRIORITY. Consistency is the key! Pick the days you are going to practice and stick to a routine. We promise, a few weeks of this and you will see big RESULTS.
The purpose of practice at home, especially at a primary school level, is to reinforce skills and techniques learned during the lesson. Students don’t practice at home to learn something NEW, they practice at home so they don’t forget what they just learnt. The longer the break between each time they play their instrument, the more likely they are to forget what it is they have learned and will then need to re-learn it again in their next lesson.
So its not about how much time a students spends ON an instrument each week that really counts but rather how long they spend OFF their instrument before their next practice. A 2 hour practice session 1 night a week will never achieve as much as 10-15 minutes, 3 – 5 nights a week.
Please remember, if your child is getting frustrated or feels stuck when practicing at home TALK to their teacher or email ABC Office.
We understand that each child learns differently and learning an instrument can also be frustrating at the beginning!
As the parent or caregiver of an aspiring musician, what can you do to help them through the initial teething troubles and into a love of a musical instrument that will never leave them? Read here
Below are some useful apps that can be used at home which will also help reinforce the theory concepts we cover in class:
- Note Works https://apps.apple.com/au/app/noteworks-lite-for-iphone/id731430479
- Rhythm Cat https://apps.apple.com/au/app/rhythm-cat-lite-hd/id505012140
- Treble Cat https://apps.apple.com/au/app/treble-cat-lite/id846013030
- Flashnote Derby https://apps.apple.com/au/app/flashnote-derby/id453126527
- Rhythm Swing https://apps.apple.com/au/app/rhythm-swing-fun-rhythm-drills-for-kids/id1007346233
Tuning Guitars – If you’re having trouble tuning your guitar here’s a helpful VIDEO TUTORIAL