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Joyful Piano Lessons

Joyful Piano Lessons

Joyful piano lessons for kids have better results. It is always easier to teach a happy child. I was teaching a ten year-old boy one day, and there was a commotion in the next room. His younger brother, three or four, was dancing up a storm as a reaction to his brother’s spirited playing. The older brother and I were playing SLEIGH RIDE by Leroy Anderson with abandon, repeating it again and again.

It wasn’t really a piano lesson by then, it was just fun. The little brother could not contain himself, so carried away was he with the spirit of the music. He danced and twirled to the point that the rest of the family came in to watch him.

Kids Think Music Is Fun, Not Work

If you think about it, the child was showing us what a child really thinks music is. It is bubbly, fun stuff that makes you move whether you want to or not. His older brother had learned how to play the complexities of the music, but the younger brother was expressing his feelings directly, without any skill other than the joy of movement. The sad thing is that most piano teachers forget this love of movement and music in their mad dash for musical literacy.

Piano Is Easy

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Maintain A Joyful Spirit

The hardest trick to learn as a piano teacher is to keep that joyful spirit alive while teaching a child the minutiae of playing the piano. It is easy to crush a child’s enthusiasm under the weight of curriculum. The only way to truly motivate a child at the piano is to never lose sight of that joy, to incorporate it into the lessons as much as possible.

Try to balance carefully the two elements, joy and work. Most piano teachers are afraid to lose control and surrender to joy in music. But that is exactly what will inspire your student to do more work. So when the moment comes in your next piano lesson, choose joy over work for a moment and watch the results. Joy is the most powerful taskmaster of all to a child. 


Piano Teaching Style

If It’s Fun For The Teacher, It’s Fun For The Kids

Piano Methods and Children’s Personalities

The Backwards Piano Method

Reverse Psychology and Children’s Piano

Help Your Child Enjoy The Piano

Ten Rules for A Pleasant Piano Teaching Atmosphere

If You’re Having Fun, You’re Not Learning

The Difference Between the Worst and Best Piano Teacher

A Piano Teacher’s Emotions

A Pleasant Piano Lesson Atmosphere

The Use of Humor in Piano Lessons

Make Use of Your Student’s Sense of Humor

The Piano Whisperer

Fitting the Piano Method to the Child

Soft Piano vs. Hard Piano

Why I Teach Piano

Advice To A Young Piano Teacher

Teaching Children's Piano

Guilt Is The Wrong Way To Buy Attention

The Piano Teacher’s Tone of Voice

Knowing When To Back Off

Piano Candy: The Case For Bribery

Why Nagging Your Child To Practice Won’t Work

How To Make Your Kids Love The Piano

Teaching Kid’s Piano Is Like Herding Cats

Repeated Victory Will Make You Invincible

Ratio of Talk To Activity in Piano Lessons

On Which Side of the Piano Do You Teach?

Setting the Mood Of Children’s Piano Lessons

Why Kids Succeed At The Piano

Child Pianists Are Like Guide Dogs

The Purpose Of The First Five Piano Lessons

The Real Goal Of Children’s Piano Lessons

The Philosophy Of Piano For Kids

How Simple Should Piano Lessons Be?

Piano Toys You Should Bring To A Lesson

Fun Kid’s Piano

The Invisible Piano Method

A Patient Piano Teacher

Make Beginning Piano Simple

The Reverse Piano Method

Nurture Your Piano Students

Against Disciplinarian Piano Teachers

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