1. Vary the practice location. During the summer, practicing outside can make both of you enjoy the practice a little more.

  2. Pick a different location for each task on your practice list. (Example: Warmups in the laundry room, one review song in each bedroom, new song in the bathroom, etc.)

  3. Play for stuffed animals, super heroes, favorite dolls, a blanket, etc. Serve refreshments after you perform.

  4. PRACTICE EVERY DAY. If possile in several short sessions, especially for the young.

  5. Surprise your child by telling him that you want him to pick 5 things off his practice list and just give you a concert that day instead of practice. Remember NOT to give any criticisms since its a concert.

  6. Use something to count the number of times something is done perfectly such as rocks, colored paper clips, pennies, beans, buttons, popcorn, raisins, anything.

  7. Keep a practice log. At the end of 25 hours do something special. For very young children you may want to make the goal achievable by the end of one week.

  8. Number all the tasks on your practice list from 1-12. Roll the dice to see what number comes up and do whatever corresponds with that number.

  9. Give young students a ticket each time you practice. Tickets may be cashed in later.

  10. Make slips of paper to put in a hat and the child draws them out. The slips offer specific suggestions.

  11. Occasionally have a treat after a good practice or before a practice session. Do it as a surprise. Don't bribe the child by saying “if you practice, we'll have some cookies.”

  12. Prepare a concert for another parent or Grandparents. “Let's show them what you can do!” or “Let's surprise them!”

  13. Take some time to plan your practice session

  14. Be sure to take and keep good notes in your Lessons Notebook.

  15. Praise, praise, praise! Specific, enthusiastic, and sincere!

  16. Ask your teacher to borrow her violin version of the Chutes and Ladders game for a week.

  17. Perform a concert for your video recorder and watch it afterwards.

  18. Break up your practice session with exercises such as somersaults, sit-ups, cart wheels, jumping jacks, etc.

  19. Check out books in your teacher's studio. These are on loan at any time and there is a wealth of information and motivation there.

  20. Have a calendar that the child gets to draw something or glue something on each day after practice.

  21. Do anything that works.

  22. Nothing works forever.

  23. Remember that YOU should control the practice.

  24. Remember that your child is NOT likely to “take ownership” or responsibility of their own practice. Most children are not self motivated to work.

  25. Listen, listen, listen, listen, listen! To your CD. It will solve many problems.