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YOU SAY READ MUSIC, I SAY PLAY PIANO

 

Almost all piano teachers start by teaching kids the rudiments of reading sheet music. In fact, that is all they do.

This is foolish, and here's why:

Remember when your child was very young, pre-reading. You read to that child. You filled that child with the wonder of stories, characters and imagination whose source was books, the printed page.

Your next step was to introduce the letters of the alphabet to the child. You were wise enough to let the child feel comfortable with their mastery of the letters before you moved on to reading words and sentences.

But in piano lessons, the process is reversed.

You start by reading music right away. No magic of music, no fun, no easy comprehension of something outside yourself. The child is never allowed to just PLAY something as music, but must always be tied to the page. 

Kids are never shown WHY to play piano, only HOW.

Learning music by ear and by eye is denigrated by these piano teachers as a waste of time.

The result?

Imagine you had taught your child reading this way, read first, play later:

  1. When your child asked for a fun story, you instead made them work on their letters. Of course they need to learn letters, but WHEN? No stories until you can read!
  2. When it was time for a Curious George, you insisted on a discussion of sentence structure instead. And why not throw in a two hour lecture on the history of Victorian children's literature, as well?
  3. You delayed any sense of reward in literature, and traded it for trying to force technical knowledge down their throats.
  4. Finally, after years of effort, it came time for the child to read their story by themselves. The child could only read single syllable words, and thus the story was necessarily simplistic and dull. This is a difficult experience, but you insisted on pushing them through it. Tough love, right?
  5. Now you have a child who can read, but hates reading.

I submit that a child taught in this way may end up in fact reading, but they have lost the mutual, human act of storytelling, which is the entire point of literature to a child.

This is why the first thing I do in a kid's piano lesson is have them make music. I don't care if it is Chopsticks or Scooby Doo played with their thumbs.

Until a child has had the experience of making music, happily, it is pointless to go further.

The answer is to first show the child WHY we play piano, and then show them HOW.

Conventional piano teachers reverse this process, assuming that if the teacher shows the child how to read music, the child will somehow absorb the magic of music making and then want to play (and be interested by) what little music they can read. 

This process also ignores the fact that it will take decades for the child to read music well enough to play an interesting piece of music. (Interesting music can be played by ear or other methods while the child is slowly developing the skills of reading music.)

The person who loses in this foolish process is your child.

The statistics bear this out: 9 out of 10 kids taught piano in this way give up within a year.

Yet decade after decade, this is how the wise people in charge of music education in America have decided to teach piano to your kids.

These piano teachers haven't a clue. 

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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