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EVEN A GOOD PIANO TEACHER HAS BAD DAYS

A week ago I taught a day of very bad piano lessons.

I could see it happening, reflected in my student's faces.

The thought had formed in my mind that I needed to show progress to the parents, when in fact they were perfectly happy with the pace I set. It was in my mind.

So I pushed a little too hard. I corrected with an attitude instead of finding a way to soften the blow and encourage them.

The first child to show a reaction was a twelve year-old boy who is brilliant, but can't sit still and engage his talents. I have to be very careful with him to ensure that he becomes interested and engaged. He is an athlete, an outdoors all-American boy, but still marginally interested in piano because his friends play and he likes it.

His reaction was, "Stop being depressing." This is childish honesty at its best.

I realized what I was doing, and tried to ease up, but I was having a bad day.

Then I taught his sister, a much more organized child. I can push her much harder usually.

But today I exceeded my limit, and this child looked at me and suddenly said, "Stop pushing me! Piano is just for fun."

Piano is just for fun! What wisdom!

But that was exactly THE POINT: to a child, piano is a fun, elective activity.

If you keep it on that fun level until the child is ready for more, you will have a willing candidate for progress. If you lose that fun level too soon, the child will first withdraw, and soon decide that the piano is not for them.

Sometimes I find it very difficult to see it from the child's point of view.

What I have learned is to look in their eyes constantly to check their real reaction to the lesson.

A child's eyes do not lie. If they're delighted, you'll see it, if they're bored or tired, it will be reflected in their eyes.

Early piano lessons are more a negotiation than an inflexible indoctrination, and if you are clever enough to establish the sense of fun, you may be lucky enough to eventually see real progress.

Patience, not pushing.

The only critic that matters is not the parents, but the look in the child's eyes during their piano lesson.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2011 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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