WRONG WITH CHILDREN'S PIANO EDUCATION TODAY?
people want their children to play piano in the first place?
don't ask them to add, you let them use a calculator.
don't ask them to walk, you drive them everywhere.
don't read books for information, you use a computer.
changes in the world, why play the piano at all? There are
computers nowadays that will do that quite well for you.
one reason, and that's the joy of making music on such a grand
The sound of
the piano has a comforting feel to humans. In fact, as a former
film composer, I can attest to the fact that film composers use
the piano as a "musical synonym" for home, house and
When we hear
music, we feel joy at the wordless world that is sound.
As to children's
musical and piano education, it is this sense of joy that has
been lost by the educators, the publishers, the schools and the
the guidelines of state and national associations is not
music making to a child.
forced to play meaningless (to them) exercises is not making
music to a child, no matter how much they tell you, "It's
good for you." It's not good for you unless you're a
mature, committed musical artist. It's toxic to a child's
interest in making music.
judged by stern taskmasters is not making music to a child.
It may be to a symphony violinist, but it isn't remotely fun
to a child.
don't know or care where Carnegie Hall is, and are not
prepared to "practice to get to Carnegie Hall." Anyone
who wishes the life of a musician on a child is insane.
average kids who apply for piano lessons like they are gung-ho
cadets who have signed up for life-long training is madness.
What is the
first act of the average piano teacher? They open up the Book
One and start on Page One. This is almost inevitable given the
pitiful lack of creativity on the part of piano teachers today.
What is the
reaction of the child? "I thought playing piano was going
to be fun."
you expect a child to understand deferred gratification at
the piano, you are not suited to teaching children anything.
you have a "one-size-fits-all" mentality, you
should be working at a hardware store. Every child's mind is
individual, and the path to unlocking their love of music
may not be obvious.
you believe that children must behave and not "be
themselves" during a music lesson, you will slowly sap
all joy from the act of making music and produce a rebel.
Any piano teacher who uses the "whip" is a
failure. Force, guilt and anger never work. The only thing
that ever works is TIME and PATIENCE.
your goal is to get the child to return for another lesson with
enthusiasm, you're on the right track.
fifty or so "returns" like that together, and you
might be able to interest a child in the piano.