TO INCREASE YOUR CHILD�S DESIRE TO PRACTICE PIANO
There is only
one way: have the child play a song they really love.
Every child has
songs and tunes they love. It may be a theme to a cartoon or
game, or a famous film theme.
In most cases
it will be a song from popular culture, although some kids
already have a knowledge of classical music and will want to
play that style.
song is, your child's piano teacher has to be clever enough to
translate that song into a musical language the child can
readily understand, such as numbers, sheet music, or by ear and
eye. The value of numbers is that ANY song, no matter how
complex, can be translated into a language that the child can
readily understand and begin playing instantly.
the song will have to be simplified to suit the ability of the
child. Don't make the mistake of adding detail that will only
confuse a child. What matters is that, even with one finger, the
child can play the song and be proud of it.
always be added later when the child has confidence.
familiar song produces confidence: a child who can play a
recognizable melody is saying, "Hey, I CAN do this, in my own
way, and it's fun." Once you establish that playing songs is
fun, the child is ready for a wider piano experience, which the
teacher must provide by finding songs that truly interest the
You can forget
the "songs" in the standard books like Alfred, Bastien and
the other currently popular books. These pieces are poisonous to
a child's interest in the piano, and produce minimal skill
with maximum resentment and frustration. For most kids, these
pieces are ALL they play, so you can stop wondering why 90% of
the kids fed this diet quit, and quickly.
teaching a family of three kids, and their friends were over to
play. The friends looked at what we were playing, popular songs
the kids all knew, and said, "Gosh, that looks fun. We only
get to play that stuff from the books."
Every skill at
the piano can be taught using familiar songs rather than the
boring exercise pieces that most children are given to play.
So if you're
wondering why your child won't go to the piano without
nagging, perhaps your approach should change.
"cardboard" music (the "learning" stuff in
the conventional books) to kids is like giving them food to eat
that they hate, and expecting them to eat it with gusto.
songs in piano lessons gives the child the advantage of
confidence and enthusiasm, and soon produces spectacular results
borne of their own motivation: to play the songs they love.