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WHY SLOW STARTERS AT THE PIANO SHOULD BE ENCOURAGED

There are many things preventing the average child from playing the piano with enthusiasm. Everything at that age seems to conspire against it.

Leaving aside the awkward, even comical physical problems involved with children playing the piano, let's look first at their state of mind.

Most children are inattentive unless motivated. Give them a real reason to pay attention and they will stick to you like glue. And you'll need to pay attention to start learning the piano.

Even when presented in a "friendly" way, beginning the piano is a daunting series of physical and mental problems. Never forget that nine out of ten children quit almost immediately, largely due to the piano teacher's inflexible diet of music reading.

Yes, music reading is important, but it's not worth losing a perfectly good prospective piano hobbyist. Some of the best students I've found were clumsy at first until they found their own way.

A clever piano teacher knows this in advance, and has an arsenal of tools to make the medicine go down. Do it right, and the kid will ask for more "medicine."

The reason there are "slow starters" at the piano is because not every child adapts readily to a diet of sheet music. It's as simple as that. Almost all piano teachers are too impatient to try to find the spark in the student. It takes time, trial and error.

Once you abandon sheet music as an initial tool, you find that most children are incredibly quick and clever at working out the physical and mental moves of beginning piano. 

Fingering, playing with both hands and a rudimentary knowledge of chords are all easily within reach of these kids if they are taught visually. 

To teach piano visually you have to show them physically every move, just as you would a dance, without reference to the realm of sheet music.

Don't forget these are clever kids who can play Nintendo on an Olympic level, in a way that adults never will. Their minds work just fine, folks. 

Get their fingers working first, and this will attract their minds.

Their hearts will follow soon.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2011 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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