by Jenny Bay
It is very important to communicate with the parents, especially when the student is very young. Often the parents know better than you the things the child is really struggling with in regards to lessons because they are with them at home every day during practice time!
They can help to tell you what parts of the lesson are hardest for the student, or what parts they are not enjoying (for example, one parent recently told me that their child hates practicing her scales and arpeggios - well I would have never known if she had not told me - now I can come up with ways to make it more fun and exciting!). Parental involvement with young students is so imperative that it is absolutely essential to have a good line of communication with the parent.