Tips for practicing:
Practice will be, without a doubt, the most challenging part of music lessons. Music practice is time not spent playing, which to an eight year old can be intolerable. Sometimes when it comes to a choice between music practice and baseball or a computer game, be prepared for some parental “convincing”.
Practice between lessons is vital to learning. Many accomplished musicians will confide that they are grateful for the “encouragement” and support they received during their practice times.
Getting started seems to be the point of struggle for both parents and kids. Establish a familiar, easy to follow routine.
REMEMBER: Encouragement will go a lot further than threats.