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8 Parent Tips When Your Child Wants to Quit Music

One of our parent tips when your child wants to quit music is to reduce practice time.

Does your little Bach want to back off music? Got a Mozart trying to mosey out of lessons? For almost every kid learning to play an instrument, there comes a time when they ask to quit. They may say it’s not interesting, they don’t like the practice, or that they’re just not any good at it. Take it with a grain of salt. Boredom and frustration are the roots of most want-to-quit phases. Power through them with these tips when your child wants to quit music:

  1. Reduce practice time
    Just 10 minutes a day can make a difference and often naturally stretches into longer sessions as kids get engrossed. When your child is in a rut and wants to quit music, it’s OK to dial back the amount of time spent practicing.

  2. Reassess the goal
    Many kids respond better to a dynamic goal rather than a timer. If the practice is about working toward mastering a technique or piece of music, the time often will take care of itself.

  3. Put notes before tempo
    Frustration is a passion-kill. Sometimes a child wants to quit music because she or he is having trouble mastering a particular piece of music. One of the most important things they should do is slow down. Teach them to master the notes before mastering the tempo.
  4. Compliment the process
    Tell your child you’re proud of the work they’re putting into learning, not just the result. Words like “I’m impressed you kept at that tough section” go far in developing a child’s work ethic. Kids generally don’t quit music when they’re proud of their efforts.
  5. Avoid summer backslide
    Just as kids tend to regress a little in reading skills over summer break, they regress in their music skills if they set them aside for months. The goal is to maintain their skills during vacation times so that they won’t be frustrated—and overwhelmed—when school orchestra or band classes resume. Encourage him or her to start a garage band to keep music on their minds during school breaks.
  6. Listen to the type of music they’re learning
    Studies have shown that kids learning piano are less likely to quit music if their families listen to classical music—the type of music they’re learning. It’s important that the family, not just the child, listens to the music, so kiddos can see that the music they’re working at is music people appreciate.
  7. Take lessons yourself
    Parents know that one of the most effective ways to mold a child’s behavior is by modeling the desired behavior. Taking music lessons will also show them how much you value music learning. What’s good for the goslings is good for the goose!
  8. Make a change
    Trying to quit music is one thing, but changing—books, teachers, instrument—is quite another. There are so many ways to learn music, so if they’ve given one way a solid try, don’t hesitate to let them try another. Use our teacher’s guide to selecting musical instruments for kids to see if there’s something else they may like to play.

For more parent tips when your child wants to quit music, stop into our Fitchburg showroom to talk with one of our music experts today. We can help you hone in on the source of his or her frustration, and get your young musician back on the path to making music again.