Music is shared joy. It touches the heart and awakens the soul. But, learning an instrument is also a discipline that requires enormous effort. Music students learn more than just how to play, they also expand their capacity for self-discipline, emotional expression, and persistence.
How can parents help?
All children who grow up to be musicians (from professionals to those who can whip out the guitar at the campfire) have had family members who encouraged and supported them through their learning. They need your time and attention to be successful.
Listen to them practice whenever you can. Comment on what you notice.
Make sure your child has a suitable space for practicing. My parents kept our piano under the stairs in a windowless room when I was a kid, and while it was quiet, it was also really dungeon-like! A good rule of thumb is that a screen shouldn’t be on in the same room.
Make sure they have a reasonable instrument. It doesn’t need to be top of the line, but it shouldn’t make the learning harder. There is nothing worse than learning to play on a terrible instrument.
If your child is very young (under 9), sit with them while they practice, or enlist a teenage sibling or other grown up (lonely neighbour, enthusiastic grandparent, visiting auntie, etc.) to help. Most children love having a special time with their parent or family member. Make it fun.
Attend lessons with your child if you like, particularly if they are very young.
Check out their assignment book to see what they are up to.
Remind them to keep going when it gets tough. Help them see how they are improving over time.
Ask them what their favourite part of a song is and why.
Encourage a habit of practicing daily for older students (with one day off). For the very young, practicing most days is sufficient.
Ask your child about their goals for a particular song this week.
Encourage your child to play about on their instrument in addition to working on their assignments. Improvising, writing music, and just plain fiddling are exactly what Mozart spent his childhood doing.
Listen to music together. See live music. Sing and dance (especially if you think you can’t).
Encourage your child to share their work with friends and family when they are comfortable.
The support of parents grows great musicians a little each day, with lots of love and patience. Your child will appreciate your connection to their passion as they undertake their musical journey.
How much do you charge?
All lessons are $18 for a half hour.
Where are you located?
Lessons take place in my home studio (Near Courtenay Elementary School) or in East Courtenay (near Mark Isfeld High School)
What open times do you have?
Please see the schedule
Can I sit in on my child’s lesson?
Of course! Parents, grandparents or other caregivers are more than welcome to attend whenever they wish.
Do you do group lessons?
I run a Kids’ Jam for ages 4-9.
Pair lessons are available for 1.5 times the regular rate.
How can I help my child practice?
Attend lessons with your child
See So Your Child is Taking Music Lessons
What if I need to miss a lesson or my schedule changes?
You can start or stop at any time without penalty
There is no charge for a missed lesson if you let me know 24 hours in advance.