The right approach
In order for your child to progress satisfactorily with his or her piano study, it is absolutely essential that piano practice be treated in the same way as schoolwork and homework. It is a task which must be performed on a daily basis in order to master the material; it is not an occasional recreational activity.
Playing the piano is a highly complex mental and physical skill involving feats of digital gymnastics—roughly the equivalent of reading two different sentences simultaneously and writing one with each hand!—while processing elements of mathematics and hieroglyphics. Occasionally, it involves the use of the right foot operating the pedal, and hopefully engages the ears to listen for the effect.
While it doesn’t require hours of daily practice to develop into a competent player, it does require a regular commitment of time and effort.
Parent-teacher partnership toward your child’s success
The tips and guidelines below will help you support your child as they learn to play the piano. Although these don’t guarantee miracles, I feel confident that improvement will become noticeable within a short time. By working together, we can help your child succeed in his or her piano study and achieve the ultimate reward: a lifelong enjoyment of music.