The important role of the piano parent
In my studio, one of the most important aspects is strong collaboration and respect between student-teacher-parent. Without this as a piano teacher in Sutton and online, I often see motivation, progress and goals fizzle out.
Practise at home is more important that the lesson. Yes I just said that!
If you compare the time spent in piano lessons (30mins - 1hr once a week) compared to the time spent at home practising, the numbers do not lie. Learning piano has a good element of muscle memory, repetition, and osmosis understanding. A piano teacher has only a short time frame to see a tiny snapshot into how the student is progressing and what current obstacles are. So this is where the piano parent takes a key role at home.
For young children, the parent as a guide, a role model and audience for piano playing at home. Parents have a responsibility to invest time and financials to support their child. Here is what my ideal piano parent should be doing:
Listening and communicating with the piano teacher.
Implementing piano teacher's advice at home.
Be willing to make the financial investments at appropriate times.
Being organised with ordering books, exam/ recital/ festival dates.
Sitting next to their child during practise sessions.
Reinforcing the practise plan at home, creating a daily routine and expectation.
Act as an encouraging and firm voice.