How to Make Music Learning Fun for Teenagers

Posted on: 22 June 2015

A child who learns an instrument will have the option to develop advanced motor skills and coordination. They will also have the satisfaction of learning something new through hard work and discipline, and playing an instrument can improve brain power as well. This is all great, but your teenager will only reap the benefits if they stick with their music lessons and progress through regular tuition and practice.

Many teenagers will be excited about the prospect of learning an instrument but will then give up when the going gets tough. To make sure that they stick with it and have fun while learning an instrument, here are some strategies that you can implement.

Encourage them to play the music they love. In music lessons, it is likely that your kid is given classical music pieces to rehearse. While this can be great, if your child doesn't have a keen interest in classical music, they might not feel encouraged to practice as much as they should. For this reason, it can be a great idea to go sheet music shopping with your teenager so they can pick out music they really love, and this music can form the basis of fun lessons and practice outside of lessons too. 

Research local bands and orchestras. Learning a musical instrument can be a very solitary experience, and while there are definite benefits to sticking with something and supporting yourself in the process, if your teenager is the kind of person that is very social and thrives in a group dynamic, they might also benefit from joining a band or orchestra.

Their school might very well have one of these groups. If not, it is worth doing some online research to find other local groups. As well as having the satisfaction of rehearsing with others and creating a group sound, your child will make friends with people who share a common interest. If they have concert or recital to practice for, it can help motivate them to do their best while playing in front of others which is a skill in and of itself.

Get them to write music. If your child has a creative streak, they might be frustrated with performing other people's works over and over again. There is a simple way of overcoming this problem: get them to write their own music. By doing so, they will gain an even deeper understanding of how musical notes and timing work together to form compositions. And you might even sow the seeds for a career in songwriting.

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