How Can I Make my Child Love Music?

A mom wonders why two years of weekly piano practice still isn't music to her son's ears.

From an Eagle Rock mom:

Maybe it's more my dream than my son's but we have been sending our nine-year-old to weekly piano lessons since he was seven. We have to constantly get on his back to practice, making us wonder if he really has an interest in playing or if we are just wasting our money and foisting our passions on him. What do you other parents do to encourage your kids to practice and cultivate their love of music (and music lessons)?

jayres October 24, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Since, my wife and I both work and the traditional role of "mom" is shared evenly in our home, I would like to chime in on this subject. As Mr mom I would have to say that no one I knew liked taking piano lessons growing up, they were forced to do it. At some point in the training music grew on them and they continued or they quit, switched instruments, or found other hobbies. It is important to note that some people who quit music as kids later returned to it in high or college when it became an outlet of self expression. So don't worry about making it a required activity, your kids will probably thank you for it when they have a greater appreciation for its benefits. As far as getting children to enjoy music, I think its easier than you think if you are creative. Music is a part of everything. If you want to introduce classical music, show them Disney's Fantasia. My kids are 5yo and 17month old twins. We constantly listen to music in the car, we dance to it in the family room when its part of a tv show or movie. We make homemade instruments and have a little jam session. The key is to make it fun and to find a element of it that you can piggy back onto a pre-existing interest. My daughter likes to play dress up, so when she puts on her crazy little outfit, I put on a CD and send her behind the family room curtain and introduce her to a fake audience. She comes onto her stage(chaise lounge) and sings and dances to the music. Ladies and Gents, from ER, CA..Alicia the Great!
nonoise October 24, 2012 at 05:01 AM
You can not make someone like something that they do not like. Brains are hardwired. People like different things. It is the same way in picking an occupation. You have to figure out what you like and your personality. You should encourage what is enjoyed and not what is not.
Sarah Bucolic October 24, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I was forced to take piano lessons as a child. I wanted to take guitar lessons but because I was a girl my parents thought it was more ladylike to learn the piano. Big mistake. I ended up quitting and would not practice because I was stuck on the fact that I was being forced. Don't force your child to take them. Try asking if there is another musical instrument he may want to learn.
Joan Stevens October 24, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I say keep up with the lessons. Kid might not appreciate it now but will acquire music theory and other skills that will be useful later. I had to take guitar lessons- didn't like it, never practiced, and eventually quit and I really missed out. I think the more you make music fun and part of what your family does the more likely he is to get something out of it- has he been to see an incredible piano performance or had a chance to explore piano music that he likes?


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