Teaching preschoolers music- Tips for Parents Enrolling their preschoolers in private tutoring

As seen in my previous post Young Musical Prodigies- When is the best age to start music lessons/tutoring it is quite possible to teach preschoolers music. However, it is highly important that the parents are very much involved in this process so that your child can maximize their time with their teacher and also for you, as parents, to assess if your children are making any progress. Alternatively, I have compiled a list of things that you, as a parent, should do or be aware of.

1. Ensure that your child has multiple sessions

Unless you are a musician yourself who can push your child to have at least 5 minutes on the piano or whatever instrument that they are learning, then it is extremely difficult to cultivate a 3-4-year-old musical skills if they have only had a lesson once per week for 30 minutes. By the time the next lesson comes again, they would have forgotten the majority of their previous lesson, which ultimately slows down the process. I would suggest at least 2 lessons per week that are spread out so that there isn’t too much time that has passed between lessons with the ideal lesson being 30 minutes every day. Repetition, in this case, is key!

2. BE CONSISTENT

It is imperative that parents must avoid skipping lessons as much as possible. I have had many parents skip so many music lessons for their kids that I had to start from the beginning because the children had completely forgotten, which further slows down their advancement. It also gets the teacher and, inevitably, the parent, frustrated. Remaining committed and consistent also establishes a routine in which the child will expect their music lessons and be ready for them at a certain time of day. Of course, life happens and some things are simply unavoidable and that’s fine as long as you give the teacher/tutor advanced notice.

3. Parents should be highly involved

If private music instruction occurs at the home of the parent, it can be difficult for a music teacher to establish a root of authority and keep the child’s attention (whereas in school, the child will be in an unfamiliar environment and learn that their teacher is the only authority in the room). Parent’s help will be greatly needed in this area as they are the ones to instill or ‘pass on’ authority to the teacher in front of the child so the child knows that their parents allowed it. This then creates cohesiveness between the parent and the teacher, while at the same time, the parent is able to assess what the teacher is doing.

Establishing routines in this aspect will further help the development of the child’s musicianship. It also goes back to point # 2: that music classes must be consistent.

4. Avoid group preschool music classes

These are the type of music classes that occur in school where the children learn to sing and play percussion instruments as a collective group. This is advantageous for the child’s social development and also to learn the fundamentals of music. However, if you are looking for the child to play an individual instrument, it would be best to find a private tutor who is both a musician and knows how to teach 3- 4 year olds for several reasons:

  • the private tutor can on the one student, rather than having to split their focus between 5-10 children of the same age who has extremely short attention spans
  • One student won’t get distracted by another

Conclusion

Once you have enrolled our preschooler in a private music class, as long as you follow these guidelines, your child will succeed and they won’t forget the foundation that you have allowed them to receive. This means that if they decided that music was not their interest at a certain age (like I did), but they were persuaded to do it again, they would already have the firm foundation necessary to continue their lessons and advance faster than they would have at a younger age. Believe me, it happens!

For your tutoring needs in preschool music education, call or email Tyra’s Tutoring and I will be happy to assist you!

10 thoughts on “Teaching preschoolers music- Tips for Parents Enrolling their preschoolers in private tutoring”

Jonathan Lim

I am in music industry selling guitar, so I can have a little relates to your post. My daughter is 2 and a half and she like dancing and singing. We will let her explore music for sure.

Thanks for the article!

Maria

Very informative and useful! I guess this also applies to tutoring kids in other spheres as well! I will gladly use these tips and share with my friends)

riverdogg

Hello!  I liked this article it was interesting to read. I never started music early as a kid but I wish I had. It wasn’t until I was in 4th grade that I learned my first musical instrument (Recorder). I think getting kids involved in the music and arts young has amazing effects on their development and creativity. Anywho, great article on teaching preschoolers music and tips for parents enrolling their preschoolers in private tutoring courses. Have a great weekend. 

    admin

    Exactly riverdogg! The best time to cultivate anything, whether it be language or the arts, it would be at this preschool age. Thank you 🙂

Ian

As I grow older more and more of my friends are having kids and I think that I should show them this because a number of them are looking for tutors for their child and wondering what to do once they have it. All of the children are about 3-4 so if can help those fellow parents out by showing them your article then that would be great. 

Anjali

Hello,

This is a very insightful article. It is good to introduce our children to music and / or dancing when there are when they are very young. I agree with you on having at least two lessons per week. That will definitely make them more familiar with their teacher, their instruments and the new lessons. Kids will have more confidence to play their new instruments once there are more familiarized around it.

As you have mentioned if the parents are present during lessons, they know what are the new things their children learned that day. I think it would be very useful in the days that they have to cancel the lessons. Then us parents can spend some time with the kids and make them remember the points they have learned previously. That will help them to go through with their next lessons successfully.C

ould you please suggest me what instruments would be best suitable when we are starting music lessons for the very first time?

    admin

    Exactly Anjali!

    In terms of suggesting instruments, it depends on the age. At the preschool age (3-4), anything that they can hit or shake would be best because their hands are small and they usually have trouble moving single fingers by themselves. These instruments can include drums, maracas, xylophones, cymbals, triangles, and piano. Also, many don’t realize that your voice is an instrument as well but it’s obvious at this age because they are already learning songs to accompany their academics (like their alphabet).

    Between ages 5 & 7, their fingers are more developed and they are able to pluck single strings on a small guitar that is suited for their size (some may even be able to hold chords). I also know of some schools that teach violin lessons around this age group as well. They should also be able to play the recorder as a starter as well.

    After 7 years old, it’s just about choosing an instrument that you really have interest in but they must also stay committed to learning and playing it, which means that they need to practice to succeed. These instruments can include instruments that you blow through as well, like a saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piccolo or an oboe (just to name a few).

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