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WHEN A CHILD SAYS, "HEY, I WANT TO LEARN THAT SONG THAT GOES..."

Possibly the most magic moment in piano lessons is when a child says, "Hey, I want to learn that song that goes..." and then they name the title or hum it.

It is a magic moment because it signals that a child has taken the piano on as their own, and are ready to explore music that they like.

Once a child makes this move, you should stand out of the way, except to throw more fuel on the fire by finding every song in the child's head, and figuring out ways to arrange it so the child can play a bit of it.

Every film, cartoon, nursery rhyme, TV show and computer game tune is eligible. Think of all the songs running around in YOUR head, and then find what's going on in the child's.

The opposite of this situation is when a child is bored with the piano, and doesn't care about any of it: the songs bore them, the piano bores them, even you, the teacher, are supremely boring to them.

But find that favorite song, and all of a sudden you are a much-needed partner in a search for a song, a search for the notes that will make the piano sing that song.

When a child crosses that barrier from "work" to "play" you will find the most fertile ground for teaching.

Think about it: a child's experience of education is largely force-fed. When child plays with friends or by themselves, their entire imagination, inspiration and intelligence is stimulated.

It is this same "play" state that we seek to awaken in the child's experience of the piano.  Without this sense of play, piano lessons are exactly what kids claim they are: drudgery.

Don't expect enthusiasm for drudgery from a child.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2008 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 

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. 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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