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HOW KIDS PERCEIVE THE PIANO

What do you think kids see when they see a piano?

It's a huge piece of furniture that makes noise.

First the kids bang on the piano. Later, they realize there's an order to it, especially if they see someone play it and actually make music. That's why it's so important for parents to play, or try to. The least you can do is have piano music playing on a CD.

Kids don't understand music history except for the fact that adults tell them Beethoven and Mozart are the greats, like baseball heroes. They understand baseball heroes, or movie stars.

Kids don't understand Vladimir Horowitz, or the Romantic Tradition, and can't conceive of Carnegie Hall unless you describe it in painful, irrelevant detail. The idea of musicians competing like athletes is absurd to them, unless they understand the pop music charts.

Kids remember seeing someone play the piano well. They are not certain they will ever do the same. In fact, many are convinced they will never play well. This is a testament to their reasoning abilities: the piano is exceedingly difficult to play well.

The younger the child, the less they are able to get their brains around the subtle order of the black keys. 

If a child has a bad piano teacher, the piano is an instrument of torture. It is not difficult to make a kid's study of the piano into a veritable negative jungle, in fact, that seems to be the mission of most piano teachers. It takes patience, creativity and courage to make the piano into a beloved toy that a kid can understand and operate.

Kids have a limited perception of deferred gratification, and this is why they don't understand the process of practicing. The only way to truly get a kid to practice the piano is to give them music they really love, presented in a form they can handle. 

If you do this, the gratification is immediate enough to be of use. Then the hard part begins: you have to continually interest them in that piece of music until they master it, or gently discard it when they become bored.

Kids who can play even a simple tune are admired by kids who can't. It is a simple feather in their cap, and kids need feathers in their caps to feel good about themselves.

Piano teachers would do far better to pay more attention to their students' reactions to their program, and less attention to whether the kid can master their method.

A far better way is to derive the method from within the children themselves.  The result will be a child exerting maximum effort at their own pace.

The form of the piano lesson is not the method, it is the content: whatever content (games, tasks, songs) it takes to further interest the kid in the piano is the form the lesson must take.

Impose your heavy-handed form on the average kid's piano lesson and watch the student wilt like a flower without water. 

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2012 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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