As a teacher and a parent, motivating my students is always at the front of my mind. I’m always working toward finding the balance between what I want them to learn and helping them spark their own inspiration . For teachers and parents, our role is to cultivate the environment so that it’s ripe for learning, find ways to grow the intrinsic value of playing, and ultimately give the student ownership over their musical journey.
Motivation isn’t just important for our kids though. As the person facilitating our children’s music education, maintaining parent motivation is essential too. As with everything in parenting, it’s easy to get caught up in our children and forget about ourselves. If we are thinking long-term about playing an instrument, we have to find ways to refill our own cup of motivation.
So I’m here to give you suggestions on what to do when you wonder if music is worth it. It is by the way. 😉