Carve out a daily time for practicing, before screen time, and when the student’s brain is fresh. Practice will easily get crowded out if it doesn’t fit into the daily routine. Most parents say that they don’t like to nag! If you both understand that piano practice is assigned at a particular time, every day, it will become an understood part of the routine. We all complain from time to time about some of our routines (like doing dishes) but we still exercise discipline and get them done! We will do our best to create engaging lesson assignments with reasonable expectations.
Make sure the tv/radio/sibling/phone/video game/pet isn’t in the same room. There’s serious work being done in there!
For the parent: Be acquainted with the assignment in your child’s notebook and help them stick to it. Encourage them to keep good body posture and a steady beat. Make sure that they are working on the things on their current assignment, not just playing familiar things they have already learned. It is great to review! But progress on new material is important.
Toward the end of the week, maybe the day before the next lesson, ask to hear all the things that were on the list that week. Scales and repertoire pieces should be flowing smoothly, there shouldn’t be a lot of starts and stops and hiccups and “I don’t know how to play this…” Sometimes there are bad practice weeks – but those should be the exception, not the norm.
Sit in the living room and listen to them perform for you. This shows them how much you value their diligent work and progress, while also helping them learn how to perform – something they will need to practice in preparation for a recital.