Christine A Howard

4 Ways to Keep Your Child Interested In Playing An Instrument

Music has always played a large role within our family.  From playing an instrument to singing in the church choir to just enjoying other’s music, it seems music is a constent in our home.  In fact, our oldest son recently graduated from the Icon Collective Music School out in Los Angeles, and is now pursuing a career in the music industry.  All of our adult children attend concerts on a regular basis, and I believe this is because the love of music was fostered at a young age.

young child in black jacket and jeans playing an electric guitar
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It can be difficult for children who are schooled at home to have access to quality music education.  It is important for parents to include music in their curriculum.  Quite often brick-and-mortar schools include music right from the start. They even have students learn a simple instrument such as a recorder in late elementary school.  If you can, I would highly suggest having your children learn an instrument.

There are many reasons why your child should play an instrument. Not only does it introduce children to other cultures and boosts their self-esteem, but it also refines patience and discipline. Playing an instrument is also a good idea in terms of cultivating social skills, developing fine motor skills, and improving academic skills too. However, the problem is that a lot of children tend to lose interest quickly. So, while they may enjoy their first lesson or two, it becomes a bit of a challenge keep them interested. With that in mind, I have some tips on keeping your child interested in playing a musical instrument.

Be their biggest fan

There is one way to get your child interested in playing an instrument. Be  your child’s biggest fan. Make sure you take interest at all times. Set aside time to watch their performances and create a system of rewards. This will give them the boost they need to continue practicing and improving their skills.

Try making certain nights concert nights.  Your child can demonstrate their new skills and receive applause and encouragement. Create a space where they can practice without disturbing the rest of the family.  Read books or watch movies about other musicians and how they too struggled in the beginning.

Try out fun music projects

One of the best ways to keep your child interested in their instrument is to develop exciting projects for them to complete. One of the best options is to get your child to create their own album. Seriously, this is possible!  I recently learned that there is a company that will help you create your own music CD.  Pretty cool, right?  This is an awesome addition to a homeschool music curriculum. Think of the amazing final project that would make.

 This is something your child will be incredibly excited about.  He or she will feel like a real superstar. You can get the CD made at Nationwide Disc, and it can have a photograph of your child with their instrument on the cover. This is a project that is going to take a considerable amount of time, which is why it is such a good option for a final project. Plus, your child will feel incredibly proud by the end. They are bound to want to show their CD to all of their friends and family, so you will need to be prepared to order a few copies.  This would make great Christmas presents for grandparent too.  

Choose songs with care

This can make or break your child’s enthusiasm.  Choosing a song that is too difficult will only make them lose confidence.  Let your child pick what type of music he wants to play.  Letting them make the song selection will help them keep interested.

When my oldest was young, he wanted to be a heavy metal rock star.  We were able to find him a teacher that was actually in a heavy metal band.  At the end of each lesson, his teacher would show him a few cords from his favorite songs.  This helped keep my son interested.   

If your child is expected to play old-fashioned music, which they don’t like and don’t know, they will become disinterested quickly. Children would rather play the pop songs that are topping the charts, so try to incorporate this into their learning.  If you feel strongly that your child should learn the classics, try to compromise.  For every classical piece they learn, they can also learn a song of their choosing.  

Consider switching instruments

If you have run out of ideas, and you simply cannot get your child interested in their instrument anymore, try changing instruments.  It could be because that they did not have the right instrument to begin with. Now is a good time to take them to a music store.  Encourage them to try a few different ones so they can make a better decision.

As you can see, music is very important to your child’s development.  There are many different ways that you can keep your child interested in playing an instrument. If you follow this advice, you are bound to notice an improvement. Be prepared though.  Your homeschool might be transformed into the School-of-Rock.  And, you are going to get requests to play the drums or even the electric guitar! Now is a good time to buy some earplugs!  


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