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WHAT'S THE POINT OF KID'S PIANO LESSONS IF THEY DON'T CONTINUE AS AN ADULT?

Almost everyone who had piano lessons as a kid remarks that they hated it. 

Yet, they want their kids to try piano.

Why is that? I think it's a testament to how attractive the piano is, even when it's taught badly.

But imagine your child, decades from now. They think back to their piano lessons, and if they can say to themselves, "I had fun with piano," they are a very strong candidate for adult piano, with a good chance of including it in their lives.

And isn't that why you paid for all those piano lessons, so that your kids could someday include the piano in their life? Or did you really think they would magically become a child piano prodigy and go on to Carnegie Hall?

Exactly what chance do you think your child has to be one of those lucky adults who continue piano? If their reaction to piano lessons as a kid was negative, the chances of them continuing someday are nil.

So unless you want to give your child piano lessons just to say you did, it is crucial that you engineer success by finding the right first piano teacher.

It also follows that the real goal of kid's piano lessons is not really to teach the child to play the piano perfectly, but to convince them that piano is worth learning for them personally, in their own way.

For example, if you browbeat a child into all the correct fingerings, all the correct hand positions, what good is it if kids are thus convinced they hate the piano?

It is far better to let kids find their own individual interest level in the piano, and then help them pursue it. If a child has above average musical ability, it will be obvious to a good piano teacher.

Think of all the kids who are turned off to piano unnecessarily because, at the time they were given lessons, they couldn't manage the piano teacher's method. These kids could all play, eventually, if they were released from the responsibility of following the piano method exactly and allowed to absorb the information in a way that was more suited to them personally.

What this means is that some kids follow directions well, and others need much more freedom to roam. The problem is that the vast majority of piano teachers have only one method for all students, instead of taking the time to see what will work for an individual child.

Add to this the average piano teacher's rigid curricular timetable ("You must learn this by that time, or you are lazy,") and you have set up the child's failure at the piano before they have even had a chance to try it.

Honestly, I don't care when a kid learns the piano in the conventional sense, this month, next month, three years from now. My timetable is always irrelevant for them.

My greater concern is that the chance to pursue the piano in the future is not taken away from kids by impatient, impersonal teaching

The world doesn't need more concert pianists: it needs more kids who love and appreciate the piano. 

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2012 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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THE COMPLETE BOOK PACKAGE: 

1. 107 page illustrated THE CHRISTMAS CAROL KIT Book with 44 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers   

2. 120 page illustrated PIANO IS EASY Book with 50 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers 

3. 50 page I CAN READ MUSIC Book 

4. 132 page TEACH YOURSELF PIANO STEP BY STEP Book, 56 minute DVD Video and removable stickers 

5. 150 page THE BIG BOOK OF SONGS BY NUMBER Book with 134 songs, and removable stickers 

6. 88 page EASY CLASSICAL PIANO BY NUMBER Book with 10 songs, and removable stickers, and 29 minute Play Along Audio CD 

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