KIDS PIANO ARMY
One thing the
world needs is more kids playing piano.
A whole army of
kids, in fact. But no uniforms, please.
needs more music, more mental stimulation and more appreciation
of the great creations made for the piano.
piano culture of Horowitz, Rubenstein, Fats Waller and Chico
Marx (fill in another name, if you like) is being eradicated, as
if there were a government project to eliminate the piano from
our lives (there is a government program, it's called
Standardized Testing, and it turns kids off to almost all
education while it makes school administrators and testing
America gets, the less money for music, education and culture.
Do you want a
country in which the only activity your kids enjoy is going on
Facebook? Because you're getting there very quickly, and your
government is financing it.
efforts at music education and piano do more to discourage kids
from the piano than anything else. Every year, the number of
kids trying the piano drops. Every year, the number of keyboards
and pianos sold drops. Your all-Facebook, all-the-time world is
just around the corner.
In a way, we
are already recruiting that kids piano army. Every piano teacher
is a recruiter, every piano studio is a recruiting station.
this is a voluntary army, filled with kids who regard piano as
an elective entertainment. Their teachers may be serious about
it, but these are kids, and seriousness is not often one of
their foremost qualities.
that this army needs kids who establish a lifelong interest in
the piano, so that as adults they will buy pianos and CDs,
attend the virtuoso piano recitals, and teach their kids that
the piano is fun.
So what do
these piano teachers/recruiters do?
They turn off
ninety percent of the kids in the first three months. They make
them hate the piano. What is the piano teacher's explanation for
their behavior? "The kids weren't qualified." That's
their lame excuse.
kids were not qualified to be Horowitz. None
of us are.
But they were
qualified to begin a childish interest in the piano, that, over
the years, might become a flame that could be stoked into real
interest, had they lasted at piano lessons.
months, piano teachers destroy 90% of the possible base of
future amateur pianists, all in the name of "standards"
and "quality." THAT'S why the piano industry is all
but gone. Period.
experience, any child can be made to take an interest in the
piano, mainly because the piano is interesting by itself. You
just have to get the kids to discover it for themselves.
music down a kid's throat is the worst way to get a kid to
discover the piano. We want them musically literate, of course,
but not at the cost of their interest in this most noble of
This is just