Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up. The Marvin L. Winans Academy of Performing Arts in Detroit has their conferences scheduled for October 5th. Ferndale has their high school conferences scheduled for October 12th and 13th. Your school might have them later on in the school year. Hazel Park Schools has their conferences scheduled for November 11th.
This author knows, as a music teacher, they are probably one of the least visited teachers at the event. After some discussion with parents, the most common reason given for not talking to the music teachers is lack of understanding of the subject. To help dispell and myths out there, music teachers are quite capable of putting the music class activites into terms that all can understand.
So there you are, it is the night of conferences, and you see no one lined up at the music teacher’s table. Stop and talk to them. Ask how your child is doing in class. Music teachers realize that there is a partnership with parents in order for the children to succeed in music. Parents are the ones who drive them to events and lessons and sit and wait through ridiculously long performances just to see their child for only one minute on stage and then shower them with praise after that.
If there are any problems please ask the teacher what you can do to help. The teacher will gladly give the parents techniques on how to monitor at home practice, or they could give them online resources to help out their child. Many method books like the Essential Elements series and the new Sound Innovations series come with play-along CDs/DVDs where the parents can compare the notes.
Ask the teacher what you can do to help. If you are stumped, ask the teacher to help you. Keep that partnership going.