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Is Your Child Learning A New Instrument This Year? 4 Tips For The Ideal Practice Space

Learning how to play a musical instrument can have wonderful effects on a child’s development, but the added noise and cost can cause some discomfort for the family. Improvement only comes through practice, and if your kid is passionate about their newfound hobby, chances are they’ll want to play every chance they get. To make your home comfortable without dampening their enthusiasm, here are a few tips for helping your child learn an instrument at home.

Set Designated Practice Hours

Avoid being woken up by the screech of a clarinet or a thunderous guitar solo on a Saturday morning by creating a practice schedule. Your child may choose to work on their music for an hour every evening, then have some more leeway on the weekend afternoons.
A schedule is also a great way to help your child learn about time management and prevent a perfectionist from overworking themselves and being overly critical of their progress.

Create a Home Music Studio

You can soundproof a spare bedroom or converted garage by adding some acoustic panelling to the walls. Sound-proofing panels will reduce noise that travels outside of the walls, giving you some relief during extra-noisy jam sessions. Ambient acoustic paneling can lower noise pollution, reduce echo, and improve the overall sound quality of your child’s playing, helping them improve faster.
Additional ways to block sound and create the right ambient space include bookshelves in corners and room dividers, which may act as sound diffusers. Rugs can add a stylish flair while also absorbing any extra echoes.

Add Storage Solutions

Create enough room for your child to practice their instrument comfortably and store their equipment afterward. Shelving, instrument cases and room dividers can all be great ways to effectively break up a space and keep their music area organized and uninterrupted.
Many people like to use storage furniture that can carefully hide music clutter and keep a space multi-functional when practice isn’t in session.

Practice Passions Together

Although you may be happy about your child’s new hobby, it can be frustrating to listen to anyone practice an instrument for hours on end. Rather than just talking to them about how things are going, consider learning alongside them. The two of you can practice solo and together, and it will give you something to talk about and look forward to as your child continues to grow on their musical journey.

 

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Original article from Music Think Tank (primary) RSS updated 1/8/2020

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