Encourage We recommend that you encourage your child's music journey and listen to them playing or singing as often as you can. Positive feed back can really help boost a child's confidence, this is reflected well during their performances. Many instruments sound far from beautiful when played by a beginner. Children need all the praise and encouragement that you can give them. Make your child feel that you are enjoying their music, and be tactful about any imperfections. It's important to remember not to expect too much in the early stages. You should encourage your child to join an ensemble. Durham Music Service offers FREE access to a vastrange of ensembles.