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How Simple Should Kid's Piano Lessons Be?

How Simple Should Kid's Piano Lessons Be?

How simple should kid's piano lessons be made? How low do you set the bar for each individual child? Shouldn't kid's piano lessons be rigorous? If you're even asking these questions, you are in danger of making kids piano lessons too hard, with the bar set impossibly high.

I'll tell you who should set the height of the bar: the child. You'll never go wrong in a child's piano lesson if you unflaggingly watch the child and see what they can learn happily. Push any farther and you are wasting your breath and the child's time, not to mention their parent's money.

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Roll Back Your Expectations

It's not hard to try to get a child to live up to your expectations. Try it for ten minutes and you will have a frustrated child. Why? The child is expecting musical fun, and you deliver theoretical drudgery.

So what are the child's expectations for their piano lessons? First of all, a child is used to a certain amount of drudgery in the schoolroom. Piano lessons are an elective activity, usually after school. The child is not expecting a circus, but they have had enough pressure for today in school. That's why piano lessons have to be made simple enough for kids to enjoy.

Pressure Will Not Produce Engagement

Pressure won't work. What will work is a friendly hand guiding them in a fun, easy to understand activity. Children have to be shown how to enjoy learning the piano. No matter how inattentive, ill-tempered and unfocused a child is when they walk into my piano lessons, I manage to find a way to bring them around. Every single time. If they are ready for work, we work. If they are ready for play, we play.

Don't Ask If They Have Practiced

I have never asked a child if they have practiced or not. I know the likely answer. The only thing I ask of myself is that the child leaves the room having tried to play. Perhaps they have the idea they might try it a little on their own this week. The most magical aspect of this "simple" approach to kids piano lessons is that students often work on what we did in the lesson, and it shows the next week.

If there is no progress, I never react. My negative reaction is simply irrelevant. I keep serving up what the kids are willing to digest. Little by little, progress appears at the child's own, leisurely, non-pressured pace. I'd rather wait patiently for a child to progress at the piano than rush them with my idea of accomplishment.


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

Piano Toys You Should Bring To A Lesson

Fun Kid’s Piano

Joyful Piano Lessons

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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