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My child doesn't want to practice the piano at home.​  What should I do?​


Contact Pamela Cornell, Director, at misspam@moveovermozart.net ​or 206-227-1611

 "Practicing" at home may be a challenge, but "Piano Time" should be easy.  First, we will call practicing anything music related or piano related.  If your child wants to make up their own song, or play a song they have already learned, that is still piano time and very valuable for the developing piano player.  Additionally, listening to classical, jazz or cultural music also develops the musical ear and is vital to every musician.  

If your child is in one of our preschool classes, they may want or need their fingers colored and colored stickers on the piano.  
Click here for instructions on putting stickers on your keyboard at home. They may also need you to sit with them and point to the music as they play each note.  

If your child is in Kindergarten or Primary school, they may need your attention with them at the piano to stay focused.  Frequently in class, a student is eager to play with the teacher, but struggles reading the music on their own.  Having you point to their music as they play will help get them started.  

For our young students, piano time should be a regular time set aside each day to play the piano.  How long and what is played is up to the child.  The goal is to make piano time a habit or part of a routine. Once at the piano, let the child decide how to use this time.  Maybe they want to play a pre-recorded song and dance?  Maybe they want to create their own song or play a previous song they are already familiar with?  Sit with your child at the piano and offer suggestions of what they could do:  teach you the current song they are learning, play a keyboard game finding all the same keys such as all the C's or all the F's, take turns creating short musical phrases, play previous music, listen to classical music and dance or draw a picture, and so on.  The activity may only take a minute or two, or it might take longer, but let the length of time also be up to the child.  

If none of these tips help with your child, please contact email us for additional suggestions.