CHILDREN PIANO TEACHERS NEGLECT
Only a very
small percentage of children measure up to the piano
disciplinarian's lofty standards, and these elite few are
nurtured in the best way the teacher can find.
I should know:
I was one. A talented student is pure pleasure to a piano
piano teacher can recognize natural piano talent, even if they don't
know what to do with it.
What about the
rest of the children? For every child that fits the above
description there are thousands of kids who are eager to take a
shot at the piano but have drawbacks such as poor music reading,
and poor cognitive and physical skills, in addition to
personalities that may not lend themselves to most piano teacher's
children are eager to make music at the piano, if you can bend
your method enough to allow them space in which to roam.
The success of
my approach is based on watching children at play:
at play teach each other how to do things so they can do
at play are entirely themselves, unless they adopt a
at play are exerting all their natural intelligence in a
happy, unpressured way.
at play will expend all their energy to solve a "problem"
that they see needs fixing.
at play are concentrating as hard as they can with no
yourself a child playing with another, and your companion wants
to learn a song on the piano. Since you like your friend, you're
going to be friendly, patient and understanding. You'll work for
a bit on the song, and then you'll tire of it and move on to
teaching a child using this ruse has a huge additional
advantage. The child accepts you as leader, and will, within
reason, allow you to set the pace. But as soon as you exceed a
working pace that would be normal between two friends, you draw
upon the good will you have "put in the bank."
If you're a
friendly person, the child will allow you to lead them towards
more serious work, disguised of course as play.
I've found the
unlikeliest of children prosper and learn to enjoy the piano
with this approach. These are the kids for whom the piano is not
immediately interesting without a lot of guidance and support.
teachers refuse to take these children in the first place, or
their methods make the children into quick failures, easy to
replace. To these piano teachers, there are always more six
If your goal is
to make every child a piano player in their own right, in their own
way, then you are on the right track.
every child understand the rudiments of piano?
The only people
preventing this are the piano teachers.