Music is an art and it is to be treated like that. Even if it is an extracurricular subject it should not be underestimated. Music washes away from the soul the dust and stress of life. It is also a balancing counterpoise to sports and daily school demands. As a former high school teacher I can confirm that there is a correlation between math comprehension and musical endowment.
A good number of parents, with or rather without any musical background, get their kids admitted to our music school. After the lessons some questions arise such as: How should I support my child at home when playing the piano? How can I encourage my child to practice?
Parents sometimes have a tendency to either leave the child on his own or use incentives or even force as means of command. The question here is: What is the right attitude? How far should parental support go?
First of all we know that our kids are strong personalities and should be treated as such. For that reason it is always best to maintain good communication with the child and reach agreement in terms of practicing time and the way parental support is being performed.
Force has never been a good approach to foster motivation. Positive encouragement however is a good way to create a harmonic and productive atmosphere. Since music deals with harmony, the learning environment also should be harmonious.
Also fruitful Learning any instrument calls for proper and complete understanding of the basic concepts. The same goes for piano education. For this reason I created this website, as a place to find answers to your questions albeit you might not a musician. Please read the relevant Support Topics that are available in the right menu bar.