PIANO IS A CHILD'S THINKING MACHINE
The piano, used
properly in piano lessons, is a thinking machine.
playing the piano will teach a child how to think and how to
concentrate on a task for a few moments.
Thus a child
playing a song all the way through, in some fashion, is a
tremendous victory of ingenuity and perseverance. It takes a lot
of concentration to learn all the parts of a song, and deliver
them largely without flaw.
should rely on memory and a sense of the keyboard, at first,
rather than reading music. This is because reading music is
entirely too complex to be thoroughly enjoyable, and
concentrating on that alone defuses the childish enthusiasm
necessary to be inspired.
familiar songs is a far better child's introduction to the
I'm not saying,
"Don't read music." I'm saying, "First interest
the child in aspects of the piano for which they will have a
natural affinity." Reading music isn't often one of them.
Asking a child
to think about their hands and fingers in relation to the keys
is a far more natural task than asking a child to decipher
arcane musical notation.
And asking a
child to decipher notation when they have developed no
familiarity with the keyboard is a recipe for confusion and
naturally ingenious, and love to solve puzzles if they are fun.
Think of a
child about to ride the "bumper cars" at an amusement
park. Would it be better to simply let them ride the car and see
what it's like, or should you deliver a lengthy lecture about
traffic safety, citizenship, and electricity?
The only way to
unleash most kid's genius at the piano is to let them first
understand it on the physical level of hand and eye, because
that is where they naturally think. To insert the written note
prior to that exploration is foolish.
So kids will be
more comfortable if you make the first hurdles at the piano
physical and mental, rather than limiting to the rather cerebral
realm of the written note.
After all, most
beginning child pianists have solved few enough problems, and
the piano rewards the solution with the ability to play a song.
Doing your math
homework has no immediate reward to a child. Learning a song