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FINDING A CHILD'S REAL INTEREST AT THE PIANO: THE CARROT AND THE DONKEY

Children have a variety of reasons to try the piano.

Here are some that I've found:

  1. Mom suggests piano lessons.
  2. A child has a friend who enjoys piano lessons and wants to give it a try.
  3. A child sees a keyboard in a music video, movie or live performance, and is attracted to the idea of playing.
  4. A child is attracted to the sound of the instrument.

In any case, in a child's mind there is a vision, before they ever touch the keys, and that involves being happy at the keyboard, being admired and making music that impresses people. In their mind it may be fame and stardom, or simply an intangible desire for mastery of something.

Mastery is really what the child seeks, for all childhood is really that search, to do something well and be praised.

Of course, we as adults should know that playing the piano, even moderately well, takes a lot of work, much of it repetitious. To play like a professional, which is what most children hear in movies, TV and video, takes Herculean effort over a period of decades. But this isn't important to the child: they could care less about the future, they want to know "what is the piano to me NOW?"

The problem for almost all children taking piano lessons is that piano teachers have confused two things:

  1. On one side you have the child's pure expectation of music, specifically the fun that hearing music gives them. They have never played a note.
  2. On the other side you have the teacher's jaded experience: "I learned this way, that's the only way I can teach."

Piano teachers tend to treat beginning children like cadets committed to the conservatory, rather than tender reeds interested in the fun of music.

If you apply the "cadets" method to a tender reed, all you will get is a trampled reed.

Children are looking for mastery, and if you needlessly make them fail, they will soon give up trying. As Stonewall Jackson said to his army, "Repeated victory will make you invincible." A clever piano teacher can gauge the skills of a child and properly present the rudiments of piano in a manner and order that delights rather than confuses the child, regardless of their talent.

Thus the child's feelings about themselves and the piano are of paramount importance, at least at the beginning.

Until the child has some degree of control with the instrument physically, you cannot ask them to start scaling the sheer cliffs of piano technique and musical notation.

Teach children first what it is to make simple, enjoyable music at the piano, however crudely, and then try to embark on the long journey to acquire musical literacy.

Conventional piano lessons, oblivious to child psychology, reverse the process and start children as disciplined cadets who are then expected to start enjoying the piano only when they have a few years of lessons under their belt.

Please note: the carrot is placed IN FRONT of the donkey. 

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2011 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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