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Music making is enjoyable and satisfying as well as time consuming. Nothing breeds success like success. Music study is a three-way partnership between teacher, students and parents and each have their responsibilities. Parents are especially important as they can provide the necessary guidance and support that promotes a healthy learning atmosphere.

Patience is important in repeatedly reminding the student to do their daily practice.

Practice is best done regularly: Beginners 10 - 20 minutes daily, more advanced students should be doing a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Find the time to sit with your child and provide helpful advice or just make yourself the audience. Provide a quiet room away from people, television etc., where there will be no interruptions.

Encouragement, understanding and sympathy are needed to support the student through more difficult stages of learning.

Musical atmosphere - Encourage listening to music or watching musicals and playing music for family and friends.

Reward your child with praise and encouragement for work well done.

Learning to play piano is fun, rewarding and satisfying. It's a skill you can use for the rest of your life. Children develop concentration skills, coordination and self confidence through piano playing. Learning an instrument nurtures a child's cognitive, emotional, social, language and physical development. Children develop a great sense of achievement.

The self confidence is then carried over into other areas: school, social activities and relationships with family and friends. Music also enhances creativity and expression. Scientific studies have proved that playing music from an early age increases intelligence. It improves a child's reading skills, memory and problem solving abilities. As we age, making music keeps us healthier and happier.