A kid’s piano talent may not be obvious, and may be hidden simply by the age of the child.
Most piano teachers have no idea why kids succeed at the piano. Some kids show talent immediately, while others hide it, until you, the teacher, can unearth it.
Hiring a piano teacher for your child is actually a strange leap of faith. You’re assuming that the person you’ve hired will excite interest in your child, not drive them to hate the instrument.
But be aware of the facts before you make that leap.
9 out of 10 kids who start conventional piano lessons quit. And they quit within a year. Why?
Because the teachers are uncreative, preferring to go lazily from one page to the next in a standard text.
Do these pedants ever ask the kid, “Well, Bobby, what song would you like to play? I’ll teach it to you.” No, this would take serious effort which, in the jaded eye of the piano teacher, will almost never pay off.
The average piano teacher is a business person, and they have some rather strange thoughts on how kids learn the piano:
“The old way produced great virtuosi, and if you fail, you don’t deserve to play.”
“You have no talent. My method requires extreme talent.”
“There’s only one way, and that is the old way, and that is how I was taught, therefore, that is how I will teach you.”
“My method produces results if you work very hard. You are lazy.”
“There is a tradition which must be followed. Anything else is heresy.”
Kids respond to attention, and going from page to page in a book is not attention. Teachers need to engage the child on their own level.
Once you have engaged the child, they are ready to learn anything, and will cooperate fully.
Don’t forget they have been ordered about at school all day, and will appreciate a happy adult showing them fun things about music.
Copyright 2008 Walden Pond Press