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PIANO 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 their way.

Piano teachers, 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.

Perhaps these 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.

The first 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 them.

Another 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. 

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2012 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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THE COMPLETE BOOK PACKAGE: 

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

2. 120 page illustrated PIANO IS EASY Book with 50 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers 

3. 50 page I CAN READ MUSIC Book 

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

5. 150 page THE BIG BOOK OF SONGS BY NUMBER Book with 134 songs, and removable stickers 

6. 88 page EASY CLASSICAL PIANO BY NUMBER Book with 10 songs, and removable stickers, and 29 minute Play Along Audio CD 

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