OR LOSE, CHILDREN SHOULD TRY PIANO
Whether or not
they are destined to, or are planning to be, famous concert
pianists, all children should try playing the piano, if they can
find the right first teacher.
first teacher is crucial, because the child will associate the
piano initially with the manner of the teacher.
teacher equals a beginning of interest, whereas a stern teacher
will intimidate most kids just at the time they need to feel
The benefits of
a successful period of piano study for children are well
documented, but what about the hidden benefits?
regardless of their eventual success or failure at the piano,
simply attending the lessons with a sympathetic adult may well
be the first time a child has explored ANYTHING intellectually
with an adult.
It's not easy for a child to weather a half hour alone in the sights of a
demanding piano teacher, but, done the right way, such a half
hour may be the beginning of the child's learning how to reason
and solve problems.
And the piano
is nothing else but solving problems of every kind: physical,
intellectual, aesthetic, emotional and organizational.
victory for the child is really to have attempted it, learned
something, and come away from it wanting to know a bit more.
Anyone who actually expects the average child to ever be a real
pianist obviously hasn't been around many average children.
are different, but believe me, that is a fate you don't want to
wish on your child. Better to have your child be simply
interested. If more talent develops naturally and comfortably,
you have a candidate for real piano study.
If not, as is
true with 99% of children, you have what I call a "piano
tourist," and if you have any horse sense at all you'll
make that brief journey a pleasant one.