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WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD ENJOY  THE PIANO

Believe it or not, it's not encouraging them to practice. Of course, you have to practice, but with a child, it's better to foster the illusion that you are playing, rather than working, at it.

If you have serious expectations of a child at the piano, so they will of themselves. While that all sounds good on paper, in actuality your lofty expectations may be setting your child up for a huge sense of failure.

Why? Because to the average child, even to the exceptional child, the piano is the most complex thing they have ever encountered, far more difficult than any video game yet devised. Think of the piano as the Mount Everest of physical and mental dexterity.

Given the psychology of children, it's important to show them both the mountaintop they are thinking of eventually climbing, and the small hill they may have to climb today. 

Many piano teachers make the mistake of setting goals too high at first.

The only reasonable first goal at the piano should be getting a child to love it. Without that, there is nowhere to go.  I don't care if it takes me a year, that's my only goal at first.

With that positive feeling, the child can begin a leisurely exploration of something that brings them joy with every encounter. If the teacher is not consciously designing such a joyful experience at every early lesson, they are cheating the child. The teacher's curriculum is irrelevant unless it is absorbed willingly by the child.

Force doesn't work. Guilt doesn't work. Both of these produce resentment, and eventually hatred of the piano. The child is left helpless, unable to hate Mom for insisting on piano lessons, unable to express rage at the boring teacher. No wonder they quit.

Assuming you have the right piano teacher, what you can do to help is to give the teacher that year, or however long it takes, to get the child interested in the piano. This takes time and almost Biblical patience.

Put most simply, if your child does not practice the piano, they have not been given a reason to do so.

Force is not a reason. Guilt is not a reason. Love is the only reason a child plays the piano willingly.

If you as a parent are impatient, it will be more difficult for the teacher to be so. That's not in the child's interest.

First find a way to convince the child that the piano is a task worth engaging themselves with, and then proceed to make a plan for work.

If the child goes slower than expected, so be it. 

If the child goes at a snail's pace, so be it.

What matters is your child's experience of the piano, and it better be a positive one, or it will be very short.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2008 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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1. 107 page illustrated THE CHRISTMAS CAROL KIT Book with 44 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers   

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4. 132 page TEACH YOURSELF PIANO STEP BY STEP Book, 56 minute DVD Video and removable stickers 

5. 141 page THE BIG BOOK OF SONGS BY NUMBER Book with 130 songs, and removable stickers 

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