5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Support Child’s After-School Guitar Lessons

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, August 8, 2019

 

If you’re thinking about signing your son or daughter up for Rock Dojo after-school group guitar classes, then these five tips will help turn your child into an indestructible guitar superhero!

1. Set Up a Practice Room

Just like every superhero needs a super lair, every great guitarist needs a great practice room. At the minimum, a great practice room comes stocked with an armless chair, a desk, a guitar, a music stand, a laptop or iOS device, and an internet connection.

2. Set Up a Practice Schedule

It would all be so simple if a radioactive spider bite would give every guitarist super playing powers. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way! (Trust me, I tried. The results were not good. Spiders are all gross and my arms just ended up all itchy!)

That’s why it’s so important to set up a consistent practice schedule balancing fun and rewarding activities like playing a favorite song with more challenging technical studies like the finger exercise.

3. Appreciate the Challenge

Let’s face facts, achieving a superhero’s level of ability on the guitar takes hard work. Otherwise, everyone would be walking around in a cape and spandex lugging a Les Paul guitar in one hand and a stack of Fender medium picks in the other.

But it’s not like that. It takes hard work. Let me repeat that again. Learning to play the guitar is fundamentally challenging! In fact, it can take years—if not decades—before promising young a guitarist transforms into an indestructible guitar superhero.

4. Reward their Effort

That’s why you should always take some time to congratulate your son or daughter for putting in the hard work day in and day out of learning to play a musical instrument. 

That’s what the Rock Dojo belt system is designed for. Each time your child graduates belt levels, you have the perfect opportunity to celebrate his/her achievements with something fun like ice cream! 

5. Focus on the Essential

With so many after-school activities available, it’s hard not to overload today’s kids. That’s why it’s a great idea to test out a lot of different activities. But at some point, you have to make a choice if you want to help your child maximize her opportunities. After all, the only road to greatness is through consistent, focused effort over long periods of time.

Once you’ve tried a lot of different after-school activities, you’ll want to dial in on the one or two activities your child enjoys the most and shows the most potential in. If your daughter’s face lights up every time she touches the guitar, then congratulations! There’s a good chance you’ve just discovered her superpower.

Now that you know this, you’ll want to funnel more resources into her after-school guitar classes because your child’s enthusiasm providers her with an “unfair advantage” over other kids. Just as important, you’ll want to limit those resources away from the other activities. 

Keep in mind, my advice would be the same if your kid loved soccer and dragged herself to her guitar lessons. I would tell you it’s probably a good idea to focus on soccer instead of the guitar.

Key Takeaways

Well, I hope this article provided with some good tips to help your child get the most out of their after-school guitar lessons. Remember to:

  • Set up a great practice room.
  • Set up a practice schedule.
  • Appreciate the challenge.
  • Reward the effort.
  • Focus on the essential.

SIGN YOUR KIDS UP FOR GUITAR LESSONS

Sign up for Rock Dojo guitar lessons today. Want to learn more? Check out Rock Dojo’s FAQs and learn how our colored-belt systems works (here’s a hint: it’s like karate and you graduate with a black belt). Do you have a specific question about our guitar lessons for kids? Drop us a line at (503) 484-6417.

 

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