As a kid, I was NOT a diligent prodigy, practicing piano on my own with no help from Mom. Any home play I did, all the way through high school, was motivated by attention from my mother. If she didn’t sit with me while I played piano, she reminded me to play it and said encouraging words when I did.
Once I had built up certain skills, playing piano became its own reward. Its 88 keys became a place where I grew into myself, physically, emotionally and cognitively. The piano was a place for me to be myself, independent of my family. But my family's encouragement still fueled my efforts.
As we get ready to head into summer, I thought I would send you a few words about home play. These brain-friendly words mean 'practice' in my Playful Mindful Music studio. Home play does not have to happen every day in order to work--a lot of benefit can come from three mini sessions per week.
I made How to Home Play, an easy download that you can print and share with your loved ones as you plan for summer. No matter how busy your schedule is, these three simple things can make home play for your family fun and doable.
Elisabeth C. Swim
Playful Mindful Music Guide