There are so many factors that can make or break your child's enjoyment of enjoying learning a musical instrument - the right teacher, the right instrument, supportive parents or guardians...but what about the environment your child will be practicing in?
Continue reading for Team nSpireMe's top practice space tips!
1. No Distractions - Your child’s practice space should be clean, clutter-free, and not have anything that can take their mind away from their violin practice.
2. Comfortable Temperature - The room shouldn’t be freezing cold or boiling hot. Make sure that the space is at a regular temperature, so you child will be comfortable as they practice.
3. Privacy - Your child should be practicing in a room that is private, or with little foot traffic. Being interrupted frequently will disrupt the flow of their practice. Furthermore, they should feel comfortable to make mistakes, and work to correct them independently in private, without feeling like people are listening in and judging.
4. Inspirational Space - Perhaps you could surround your child’s space with things that will inspire them throughout their practice sessions? Maybe photographs of their favourite musicians, or music they would like to be able to play one day? A great summer activity could be to let them help you decorate their practice area, and inspire them to practice in the meantime!
5. Comfortable Chair - If your teacher has suggested that your child sits to practice, you should ensure that the chair is comfortable, and prevents your child from slouching.
6. Ready-to-Go - Having everything set-up and within reach will minimise set-up time, and maximise practice time.
7. Break Spaces - Water should be readily available if your child becomes thirsty during their practice session, as well as somewhere to sit down if they need a quick break. Having a space where they can rest their bow is also a good idea, as this will reduce the risk of it being damaged...and you having to make an expensive trip to the luthier's!
8. Schedule Practice Sessions - Where possible, it is a good idea to have a practice routine for your child. If they practice at the same time each day, they are far more likely to practice regularly and consistently.
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