PIANO TEACHERS DON�T WANT YOU TO DO
shopping for a piano teacher, most parents are beginners, and
they tend to fall for a few sales tricks that piano teachers
many piano teachers insist that you sign up for a certain
period, say, three months. The reason for this is that it
takes time to produce results, and the teacher needs that
lengthy agreement, or any agreement at all, is not in the
parent's interests. The reason for this is that, until you
have actually had your child experience a half hour with this
person, it is all a mystery and you should agree to nothing.
By this I
mean that you need to see your child's reaction to the
lessons before you commit any further. If your child loves it,
perhaps you have found a winner in your new piano teacher. But
if your child is uncomfortable in any way, you should look
closely at the reasons.
piano teachers, unless they specialize in young kids, are
dogmatists, who teach the way they were taught, and expect the
same from their students. They're perfectly at home with the
concept of your child failing their method, for many, many do.
The reason they teach this way is that it is easier for them,
going from one page to the next in a text, rather than
stimulating the individual child's imagination.
neighbors and friends at the PTA about their experience with
piano lessons. It's almost universally bad news.
But there are
creative teachers out there, for to some musicians there is
nothing drearier than a half hour watching little Freddy
misunderstanding the minutiae of musical notation. So they
invent ways to get the child to play at their own speed, at
their own rate.
These are the
teachers you will need to seek out for your child.
to find them:
five local piano teachers. Arrange for a single lesson with
each of them. If they refuse to audition for you, discard them
and choose another more reasonable person.
Then go to
each lesson, scheduled, say, once a week to space it out,
and find out how your child likes it.
the child to five different methods and manners, you will find
someone who the child responds to. That is the choice you
we all know, are excellent barometers of people, and sense
whether or not a person is sympathetic in about 2 seconds.
saying you should let the child be the ONLY judge of teachers,
but their feelings are about 99% of your recipe for success.
If you sign
up with that teacher, here are further things to watch out
Even the best
piano teachers have huge amounts of material they have to
teach, and thus are
often in a hurry. Find someone with the most relaxed possible
approach towards everything from fingering to practicing. I
don't mean to select someone with no musical skills, I mean
to select someone with BOTH musical skill AND a knowledge of
children, human nature and coaching. A pedant is not what you
want. You want a common sense coach who will start your child
on a life-long, individualized experience with the piano,
according to the child's current abilities.
a lesson time that makes you stressed, such as one on a day
you have to travel far, or a very busy day. Better to find a
teacher who can come to your home or has a more flexible
teachers don't want you to know is that you always have the
choice of a better teacher, one more suited to your child.
is finding that teacher, a difficult task in remote areas and
even some urban ones.
teacher is better than the wrong one.
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