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TEN WAYS TO BE A BAD CHILDREN'S PIANO TEACHER 

First, don't learn anything other than what you learned as a young pianist. Pretend that time stopped when you left music school, and that no new ideas or techniques for dealing with children have been developed since then.

Second, get out all the old piano books from your childhood. Use only these. Don't explore new literature or songs because there are no new approaches worth trying.

Third, resolve to become a disciplinarian. Cast a pall of gloom and failure over the lessons and enforce your rules with an iron hand.

Fourth, be strict about assignments being done exactly to your specifications, and get angry when a six year old does not follow your directions to the letter. Anger works well with children.

Fifth, get an old ruler, and when a child makes a mistake, rap their knuckles with the ruler to remind them that playing the piano is an odious task devoid of joy.

Sixth, without saying it, let your students know that they can never live up to your expectations. Be superior, distant and almost snide

Seventh, go get a book on child psychology, but don't read it. Treat every child as if they were headed for Carnegie Hall, and make them feel like a failure if they can't get even close to your justifiably high standards.

Eighth, never experiment with anything. Go from page to page in an old book, and ignore pleas, spoken and unspoken, to go slower. You are the boss and the child must obey. Go at your pace, not the child's.

Ninth, never do anything except read music. All this modern talk of using improvising, ear training, history and theory with kids is just an untried gimmick for lazy, undisciplined people.

Finally, never simplify anything for a child. They must play it exactly as it was written in 1835. A six year old should be able to comprehend and play music that was written by piano virtuosi for other piano virtuosi.

If you leave out even one of these important steps, you are in danger of becoming a creative, patient, modern children's piano teacher.

Guard your heritage of failure proudly. If only one out of ten kids responds to your piano teaching method, it must mean that the other nine kids are idiots, not that there may be something wrong with your method.

You are always right, and the child is always wrong.

By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2008 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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