This education blog shares various horizons of music in order to promote sustainable development of music education. Being devoted to music education for 19 years, Carol Ng has established her private studio at Adelaide, South Australia with an examination-standard Yamaha grand piano. In addition, Carol is keen on enlightening the next generation and advocating continuous advancement of music industry.

教育BLOG旨在推廣音樂教育發展,讓更多人認識不同的音樂領域;吳老師投身音樂教育十九年,於南澳洲的阿得萊德開設私人教室,並採用符合考試標準之Yamaha 三角琴教學,致力培育新一代音樂學好者及推動音樂行業的持續發展。

2019年7月13日 星期六

4 ways Dads can support their piano-playing kids

4 ways Dads can support their piano-playing kids
If your child has taken a liking to the piano, here are 4 ways that you can support them along their journey.

Watching your kids excel in various hobbies really is one of the biggest joys a father can feel. Not many feelings beat it. It’s really important that fathers support them in their passions in the right way. So, if your child has taken a liking to the piano, here are 4 ways that you can support them along their journey.

1. Focus on the fun

It is easy for children to forget why they got involved in performing arts in the first place. When the routine of their commitments – plus school, friends and family pressures – kicks in and they start to get serious about it, motivation can be impacted by extra pressure. Enjoyment then often falls to the wayside. Encourage them to share one great thing they enjoyed about their lesson when you pick them up afterwards.

2. Align your best intentions with their teacher

Often, parents have the best intentions to support their children, but unknowingly undo the work their teachers are achieving in the lesson with one word or question. Have a chat with your children’s teacher to learn what type of approach, feedback, encouragement and values they are working on. Strive to align your comments, feedback and questions with these.

3. Let children be children

When children’s talent develops or starts to show, it can be tempting for parents to want to give their child every opportunity to work on their craft. This does not have to translate into rehearsals 24 hours a day! Ensure kids have balance in their lives and get enough physical, psychological and emotional recovery. This includes social time out with their peers. Without a conscious approach to this, young talented students can burn out before they reach adulthood. Additionally, children and adolescents may want to explore other activities. This is OK and not a waste of time, resources, or money that have been invested to-date. Sometimes interests change and it’s important to support this exploration.

4. Don’t be a pushy stage parent

It’s tempting to want to get heavily involved in your child’s training and career development. While being present and supportive is important, ensure that you leave the teaching and career guidance to the professionals. However, this doesn’t mean not asking questions or inquiring about activities or decisions; just ensure you don’t overstep your role.

This article is taken from Gene Moyle’s June 2019 issue of Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice & Research, published by the Society of Consulting Psychology. This issue focuses on coaching elite performers in a wide range of occupational settings – performing arts, business, athletics, military and medicine.

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From Pianist (10 July 2019)