BEST KID'S PIANO BOOKS
are the best piano books for kids?
like asking which toy is best for your child. That depends on
your child and their personality and interests.
piano book that is best for your child is the one that makes
them want to take it further. I can almost guarantee you that
the conventional books, like Alfred, Bastien, and all the rest,
are not going to do the trick.
many cases, it is the parent's wishes, as seen through the piano
teacher, that prevail, not the
parents think that the old ways, the old methods and piano
books, are the best.
Who is to question the value of piano
methods that remain unchanged for 200 years?
haven't piano methods changed? Because the teachers haven't
the children have changed. They are subject to vastly different
influences than the children of 1840, when the essentials of
conventional piano methods were developed.
1840, kids had very few distractions like internet, TV, cell
phones and a thousand other things that make modern children
different than their ancestors.
expectations of modern kids are quite different, too. Today they
are victims of a culture of instant everything, and it makes
them far less able to defer gratification for the sake of
you like it or not, modern kids have a negative reaction to
these old piano methods.
matter how bright and shiny the modern publishers make them, a
piano book full of 1840's ideas is still an 1840's book.
basic flaw of modern piano methods and teachers is that they
insist on treating every child as if they are a candidate for
Carnegie Hall, and are subject to training as if they had chosen
the piano as their life's career.
nothing could be further from the truth. Kids today want to try
the piano, and no more than that. Enrolling them in
professional-oriented training is ludicrous.
as if your child wanted to try adding numbers, and their teacher
immediately said, "Well, you better start with algebra,
since you want to be a Harvard mathematician."
better approach might be to softly introduce piano to the child
to see if they want to make any effort at all towards learning
you fit the piano method to the child, you have a far greater
chance of engaging them with the piano, and eventually, as they
age, getting them to put in the necessary effort.
a kid doesn't like piano, the teacher and the books, the method
yet, still today, piano teachers reject 90% of the children
potentially interested in the piano as "lazy," or
never met a child who wasn't interested in the piano if
approached in an appropriate way.