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WHY THE OLD SCHOOL TEACHES PIANO THEY WAY THEY DO

I don't mean the professors at Juilliard. They're teaching committed professionals who can take whatever they dish out.

I mean the local piano teacher down the block who teaches the neighborhood kids and is known as a taskmaster, a bit dour and unapproving. This sort of teacher has several books which he uses, and you must go from page to page, risking his displeasure if you do not master with gusto each dry, boring (to a child) exercise piece.

I ran across such a teacher who posted to a forum we have. He wrote, "I suspect that those who would make piano fun are simply diluting the value of music education." (I paraphrase.)

Diluting the value of music education by making it fun? The implication is that music education should be un-fun or it lacks value.

I'd hate to be a kid in one of his lessons. Imagine spending a half-hour with such a sourpuss, a person who believes that it is better if you don't enjoy his teaching.

  1. Piano teachers like this completely misunderstand the nature of childhood. Childhood is the time to explore things and see if they interest you, not be saddled with rote learning that crushes you.
  2. Piano teachers like this assume that you want to be Horowitz, or that their job is to make you into Horowitz. How about playing some Horowitz recordings and showing the kid what can be done with the instrument?
  3. Piano teachers like this believe that the only way to learn piano is the way they learned piano. Here's the problem: your students are not you.
  4. Piano teachers like this have no concept of where the piano is NOW in history: the piano is about to become extinct because of their style of teaching. What the world needs now is more kids generally interested in the piano, who become interested in concerts, who start to listen to good music. The strict piano teachers have destroyed this cycle of amateur interest with their ridiculous expectations.    
  5. Piano teachers like this are only concerned with filling their lessons and making money. They have no thought of what the piano will be in four generations. I'll tell you what the piano will be if we go on like this: a piece of furniture in a museum, rather than a part of childhood that sits in your living room.

To that piano teacher who was worried about diluting the value of music education with fun:

When your foolish methods have eventually turned off every child to the piano, you will have no students to pay you. Since you are only interested in money, you will have destroyed you own Golden Goose. But you don't think about the future. You want your money now.

Here's the 99% rule which will help you see why you should "dumb down" piano lessons for the vast majority of children:

  1. 99.99% of the kids who start piano will never be more than amateur hobbyists. The conventional teachers see this as bad. I see it as very good for the future of piano and music, and for the kids who are lucky enough to include piano music in their lives. We need as many people interested in the piano on any level, or it will become extinct. It's almost extinct now, you fools.
  2. The .01% left over may become gifted amateurs who are the heart of the piano world. 99% of those gifted amateurs will never go further.
  3. 1% of those gifted amateurs might go to a conservatory. 99% of them will fail at their careers if they seek fame, for there are no record companies, and no public venues or interest. It doesn't matter how good you are if there is no interest and no jobs.
  4. Of the 1% who don't fail at a piano career, 99% will starve because the concert mechanism in America has been systematically destroyed by the very people overseeing it, largely the record companies who became obsessed with profits in the 70s and 80s.

With this 99% rule in mind, perhaps now you see how foolish it is to treat kids as if they were destined to become the one pianist who survives this ridiculous system. 

A good question is, '"When is it appropriate to dilute music education with fun?" The answer is, "Whenever you are attempting to interest a child in the piano." PERIOD.

In closing, to the piano teacher who said that fun dilutes the value of music education:

You should be working for a government agency, spreading your virulent nonsense and destroying interest in the piano for billions of children.

The government would probably give you a grant. They surely will never give me one to spread interest in the piano.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2012 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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