A lot of children take music lessons and learn to play an instrument. Initially, they may be very excited to get started with their lessons and get their hands on the instrument. Once the lessons continue for some time, things may get boring. They may reach a point in their lessons where they lose interest or they face a challenge they feel like they will never overcome. While they may want to stick with their learning, they are faced with frustration and suddenly decide this is no longer something they want to do. To help them get through those boring, frustrating periods of learning, there are several things you can do. Start by making sure they have good lighting during their lessons. If they are practicing in a dark corner of the house, they may feel sad and isolated. Add a piano lamp or several piano lamps to the space to brighten the area.
While practicing, children should be comfortable. Nobody wants to sit at work all day in an uncomfortable chair that does not have support. The same applies for your child and their music lessons. Be sure they have a comfortable surface on which to sit. This way they can settle in for a half hour or hour of time each day and put their mind on practicing. If they are uncomfortable, they will have a difficult time focusing, so let them choose a piece of furniture that is appropriate for practicing, but also comfortable.
Create a pleasant overall atmosphere for practicing. Again, you do not want to shove your child into a lonely, dark corner of the house to practice their instrument. Create an area they love and that is a reflection of the. Choose a section of the room where you can hang a few photos, possibly even some awards they have won for playing their instrument. Keep the area inspirational and try adding things like candles or air fresheners that your child can choose. If the area is near a window, open it during the spring months to let in some fresh air. Just as you respond to pleasant sensory stimulation, so will your child.
If your child is dealing with a particularly difficult time in their lessons, use their success as a chance to reward them. It is important to make sure they understand that learning to play and create music is typically reward enough. However, if they face a frustrating time and it takes them a few weeks to get the hang of something, celebrate once they overcome the obstacle. This way they will understand their achievement did not go unnoticed.
Finally, be sure you are truly listening to their concerns. Everyone is going to stumble a little bit when they are learning something new, but there comes a point when you have to consider whether or not your child has truly lost interest in playing. You should not encourage them to give up or be at peace with their quitting, but there is no sense in forcing them to do something they no longer derive any joy from. It would be better to support them in their decision to move onto something else.