Children love the idea of learning to play a musical instrument. Lessons are fun and the process is exciting. What’s difficult is to practice effectively between lessons – something that takes more concentration, endurance and patience than most children have. It is also discouraging to have the same piece assigned again because they couldn’t play it at their last lesson.
If young students don’t build good practice habits, their progress is slow and their interest falters. Parental help and encouragement during the first few years of study is crucial.