Practice It is important that your child has regular practice, even a short time is better for your child than one long session just before their lesson. Ten minutes may be enough for a young child. Your child's Durham Music Service teacher will be able to give you guidance on this. You may want to try asking your child to make up some music off the top of their head using some of the notes thatthey know. They may have done this in a lesson, but could feel less nervous about trying it at home. This will help your child be creative, and also avoid any worry about playing wrong notes.