IS SUPPOSED TO BE DIFFICULT FOR KIDS, ISN'T IT?
If you look at
the statistics, yes.
Nine out of ten
kids will quit piano if they are taught in the beginning with
the old reading-based methods that bring such difficulty
who produce those 9/10 statistics, have gotten the idea that
kids should first become musically literate, and only then be
allowed to play music of any quality. Until that time, the
teacher's reason, it will be drills, exercises and scales.
The huge flaw
in this reasoning is the belief that kids will survive piano
lessons long enough to become musically literate (able to read
music) which, citing the statistics, is clearly not the case if
90% quit. These foolish piano teachers kill off 90% of the
available pool of child pianists, every month, every year.
So the biggest
stumbling block to musical literacy is the quit rate, which is
caused by the teacher's rigid quest for musical literacy. This
circular logic is false, and benefits no one except lazy piano
teachers who cannot figure out how to reduce the quit rate, or
change their methods.
Part of these
teacher's reasoning is that they were taught this way, so
everyone should be taught this way.
But that is not
the case, and as witness I present the thousands of kids that
have started playing in a more enjoyable way, and continue month
after month, year after year, to become more fascinated and
interested in making music at the piano, and slowly achieve the
distant goal of musical literacy.
kids are not yet musically literate, but they have one quality
that surpasses even the value of musical literacy: they have not
given up and walked away from the piano.
You have to be
in front of a piano to improve, and if you are driven away by
your teacher's method, that piano method is poison.
principle of creating an attractive piano method for kids is to
get them to play a song immediately. Jingle Bells, or some
familiar tune arranged so simply that a beginner can remember
the sequence of keys, will do just fine.
But a diet of
Jingle Bells won't last long unless your student is four years
old. You will have to be very creative and spend time probing
the student's musical tastes to find material that interests
principle is that any musical skill can be taught using any song
or bit of a song.
It is the
teacher's job to do this, and if you can't, or are unwilling
to make the effort, then you are destined to be one of those who
make the 9/10 statistic a lingering reality.