My 10 year old daughter has been taking violin lessons for two months. She loves her violin lessons, but she doesn't like to practice at home. What can I do? I want her to practice, but I want her to want to practice..
While teaching violin, I have heard this question many times. As parents, we want our children to be happy, and to find joy in the extra curricular activities they engage in (in this case, taking violin lessons). It is important to remember that nothing can be fun all the time, and that is okay. One way to make practicing more manageable, is to create a routine around practicing. Children are very adaptable, and adapt to routines best of all. If violin practice time is at the same time each day, it is easier for a child to become accustomed to practicing as being a part of every day life. Another way to make practicing easier is to start with small chunks of time, and slowly increase them over time. Violin practice could be 5 minutes each afternoon for the first few weeks. Then, you might move it up to 10 minutes, and from there 15. This way your daughter will have time to acclimate to this new activity and over time, her enjoyment and ease in her violin practice routine will shine through.