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WHAT'S THE POINT OF PIANO LESSONS IF YOUR CHILD DOESN'T BECOME A PIANIST?

What is the goal you see at the end of your child's piano lessons?

No sane parent wants their child to be a professional pianist. It is a heartbreaking, competitive business nightmare that you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.

The only realistic goal is that your child becomes a hobbyist, or an amateur who enjoys playing in their own way.

A better vision of the future for your child and the piano is this: someday your child will be a successful professional and will enjoy playing the piano in the evening. I teach many such adults, who are stockbrokers, doctors and business people, salespeople, teachers and from all walks of life.

The danger zone is the years between early childhood, when lessons begin, and a period of greater maturity, usually the teenage years. The fact is that kids who had lessons during early childhood and continued lessons without quitting become the only candidates who survive into the teenage years, where they are mature enough to pursue a decision to try the piano more seriously.

So the usual progression of lessons-disillusion-quit produces kids who hate the piano, and do not survive the middle years of childhood, 6-12, as a pianist. And they rarely take it up again.

Thus piano teachers might do well to nurture this group, rather than take their money and then discourage them. The result would be more pianists, and more interest in the piano.

It is piano teachers themselves who are, year by year, cutting down the reservoir of potential piano hobbyists. This is the result of their rigid methods that treat all students as cadets headed straight for Carnegie Hall.

The real goal of childhood piano lessons is to stimulate interest while lowering expectations so that the child survives lessons long enough to gain the maturity necessary to continue "properly." In general, this happens in the teenage years.

The secret to getting children to survive this period is lowering the bar, and making it easier for the child to pursue piano as an elective, recreational activity rather than a courser of dull academic study.

This approach allows all children to eventually succeed. If a child shows unusual promise, it will be obvious and proper lessons in the conventional manner may be included in a course of study suitable for the youth of the child.

The goal of a foolish piano teacher is to disseminate their method. Nine out of ten fail to grasp "the method," whatever it is.

The goal of a forward thinking piano teacher is to keep as many students as possible happily playing the piano by whatever means works. 

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2012 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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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 

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

5. 141 page THE BIG BOOK OF SONGS BY NUMBER Book with 130 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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