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.
the awkward, even comical physical problems involved with
children playing the piano, let's look first at their state of
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
playing with both hands and a rudimentary knowledge of chords
are all easily within reach of these kids if they are taught
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
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.
fingers working first, and this will attract their minds.
will follow soon.