Parents often asked "How do I get my child to practice more without nagging?"
A question for them is "Do you believe that nagging brings results? Do you also nag for your child to do other tasks, such as eating veggies or doing homework?"
As a parent & a musician, I did not want my children to associate playing an instrument with a chore, and so we would only teach them when they wanted it and asked us to teach them. This did not work out well, for from the age of five to ten, we only taught one lesson per year. On the other hand, they were exposed to our modeling. We played and sung music quite often. Music making was a joy. They sung along, they were improvising on an instrument or singing secondary voices spontaneously without any nagging from us.
This is why this Academy offers music for early childhood development called Music Together. Babies and toddlers are exposed to their caregivers singing and moving to music. This positive role modeling will carry the child very far in terms of their success in music.
A child that believes he or she WILL spend a lot of time in music practice will succeed more than a child who believes this "music" activity is a temporary stage. This has nothing to do with their amount of practicing. The comparison was done with children practicing the SAME amount of time, over a period of ten years! A published article about this research is on my personal website, www.banglangdo.com, called "It's all in the Idea."
So the question for parents will be this: "What is your thought regarding this musical activity that you are paying for your child to learn?" "Are you reinforcing the idea that daily musical practice is a chore like washing dishes? It just needs to be done until they're old enough to decide?"
We all have thought habits. Being musician I am more aware of the ones regarding music. Is your child taking music lessons because of cultural norms, or is it an intrinsic value in your life? Do you listen to music in the car or at home? Do you bring your child to live musical events? Do you spend time on your phone while sitting at your child's lesson or do you sit in to listen and participate in the learning? These beliefs have a major impact on how invested your child will be in their practice at home. The nagging can stop when they see your love of music, or your investment in the activity they do.