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What are some effective ways for encouraging a child to practice her musical instrument?
The music school director said that we shouldn't push too hard (i.e., use negative consequences or punishment to get her to practice), and that we may need to be patient or wait another year (that she may be too young still to take the lessons and practice seriously enough). However, I think she might progress with the learning more if she were practicing more, and her teacher seems to agree. He thinks more practice would help improve her retention of previous week's lessons and increase her abilities too.
One thing we did to encourage her to practice more was to clear a special spot in our house for her to practice and added a full-length mirror there (like they have at the music school). What else should we try? What are some ways you get your child to practice her musical instrument without nagging or punishing her? Have ideas for making the practice more fun?