5 Similarities between Kumon and Learning a Musical Instrument that Lead to Success
Although musical instruments and the Kumon Program may seem different, both share five key concepts that ultimately help students succeed and achieve their dreams.
1. Create a quiet practice space
A key part of learning a musical instrument and completing Kumon worksheets is finding a place practice. Regardless of the size of the instrument, your children need an area free from distractions. Similarly, when working on Kumon assignments, they also need an area free from those distractions in order to focus on the task at hand. Help your children find an area where they can work without noise or distractions.
2. Learning the basics
When learning a new instrument, children need to start at the very beginning and learn the fundamentals, such as how to hold the instrument and how to play scales. As their ability and proficiency develops, they begin to learn how to play specific musical pieces. Similarly with the Kumon Program, your children will start at the appropriate level based on their needs and abilities. Your children will then progress to studying more advanced materials and concepts, just as they would begin to play increasingly difficult musical pieces after learning the basic instrument-playing skills.
3. Timed practice
Allegro, moderato, and adagio are all musical terms that classify the tempo of a piece of music. A metronome is a tool that musicians use to keep track of the tempo, in order to play a piece at the correct speed. The ability to play a piece of music the way it was intended, such as by playing presto or very fast, indicates that the musician is proficient. At Kumon, standard completion times are used to measure and track a student’s proficiency. Each set of worksheets has a suggested completion time, which indicates the approximate length of time a student should require to complete all the problems. If the problems are not completed within the standard completion time, the student may need to review the topics covered in that worksheet set. However, if the student successfully completes the worksheets correctly within the time frame, he or she has demonstrated the subject matter and is ready to progress to the next set of worksheets. .
4. Practice, practice, practice
It is no surprise that practicing a musical instrument every day helps improve one’s abilities. The same is true for studying math and reading. A critical part of the Kumon Method is daily practice. It helps students improve their understanding of concepts and builds their skills. In fact, the focus of daily practice is one of the principle reasons why Kumon has worked for millions of children throughout the world in the past fifty years.
5. Long-term commitment
Commitment and dedication are two fundamental principles that musical instruments and the Kumon Method have in common. Just as learning to play in instrument takes time and energy, the Kumon Program requires the same. In order to succeed at both, your children will need to be motivated and committed to learn. If your children are having difficulties staying motived, Dr. Mary Mokris, Kumon education specialist, provides some great insight on how you can motivate your children to complete their Kumon worksheets every day.
Can you think of any other similarities between learning a musical instrument and the Kumon Program?