Don't just practice until you get it right.
Practice until you never get it wrong.
Music Lessons: Guide Your Child to Play a Musical Instrument (And Enjoy It!) by Stephanie Stein Crease
I highly recommend this book to any parent who either currently has a student in music lessons, or has any thought that their child might someday take music lessons. Read it before your child is even born, if you can. If not, read it as soon as possible. It address encouraging awareness of music in toddlers and preschoolers, how to choose the right beginner instrument, how to deal with practice battles and "I want to quit!" proclamations, etc. The Burleson Library has a copy.
A great website to visit to learn about composers, etc. is www.classicsforkids.com
You can listen to recorded radio broadcasts about each composer by clicking "on the radio" in the menu bar, then click "past shows" in the drop-down menu. There are usually four broadcasts for each composer/era. Then, there is an activity sheet that goes with that composer. If a student prints this activity sheet out and completes it, they will receive 2 music points.
Here are some upcoming concerts/piano recitals students might be interested in attending. If you attend, bring a program to your next lesson to receive 2 music points. Attending performances by advanced and/or professional pianists can be very inspiring/motivating to young students. It also opens their mind to various different styles of music.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC24Z2kshrU&feature=related (Video of Emily Bear, an amazing 6-yr-old pianist)
www.musicmotion.com (Website of music products, games, videos, books, etc.)
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