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Setting The Mood Of Children's Piano Lessons

Setting The Mood Of Children's Piano Lessons

Setting the mood of children's piano lessons is under the teacher's control, and it needs to be consistent. A child needs to know you will never get mad. Until the child knows these emotional facts, you will get nowhere. You can decide whether there will be smiles or frowns in your piano lessons. Both are the result of your attitude.

There are two other factors to consider: the mood of the child, and the general personality of the individual child. Some children are quiet, attentive and eager to be shown how to play. They have patience with themselves and  don’t beat themselves up for mistakes. They have no expectations for themselves other than the present, pleasant moment.

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Kid's Moods Are Precarious

Some children, perfectly delightful, are hyperactive, unfocused and couldn’t care less about the piano. They are impatient, get mad at themselves and make a fuss for each mistake. They are burdened with the expectation that they will fail to please the teacher. Add to these two broad categories the daily mood of children, and you begin to realize how careful one must be to set the right mood for a particular child on that day.

By daily mood I mean that any child can have a good or a bad day. The very best can just fold up and say, “I need a break,” and you better know how to give it to them. The slowest and most hyper can suddenly and unexpectedly grasp things. You need to be ready to seize that moment of lucidity and push it farther.

How To Keep A Good Mood

Here are things I never do in piano lessons: Never act like we have to rush because there’s so little time. This attitude will have you teaching at your pace, not the child’s. Time is irrelevant to a child if they are having fun at the piano.

Never have a set goal for that day’s lesson that you aren't willing to change. You might lose golden opportunities to teach other aspects that might present themselves in a more natural flow of events.

Let The Child Digress

Never ignore a child’s digressive story. Sometimes, a child has something to say, usually irrelevant to the lesson. You would do well to waste the five minutes it will take to patiently and genuinely listen. The reason is that a child who wants to talk to a teacher needs adult contact on some level.

It is best to give them what they need and then proceed. I’ve noticed that they calm down, and want very much to participate in the lesson once they have spoken what’s on their mind.

The Teacher Is The Guide

When I watch a child learn the piano, I am struck how similar it is to a professional pianist. We stumble, we repeat, we quit, we take it up again. All the moods a child has are there in an adult’s serious quest to master the instrument. But you must remember that the child’s toolbox is practically empty.

It is you who must fill that toolbox, and the first thing you must put in it is the desire to build music at the piano. If you can’t get the child to love building a song, they will not really enjoy the experience, no matter how sophisticated the tools. Most conventional piano teachers load up the child’s musical toolbox without giving the child a reason to build in the first place.


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?

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

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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