Teen Success at Piano...
You're a parent. Your
teen's been through several piano teachers. Your teen has learned some things, but the most important..being truly interested
in music and the piano...he or she hasn't learned. Your teen's interest seems to be "dying on the vine". You're
ready to give up, but something inside you is saying maybe there's an answer and you are searching. but what to do?
I can easily tell you. Let's discuss the reasons for this disinterest!
Teens require someone they
respect to teach them mostly about anything at this point. They are demanding their parents "show me why" it's important.
They're not willing to take someone's word any longer. Whatever it is that you are asking them to be committed to, they want
to see it "in action" and make a judgement for themselves. Their expectation for a piano teacher requires someone
committed to their work, lives their work, and believes in their work. Enthusiasm and example is infectious:)
Teens like the rest of us, are searching for meaning, purpose and happiness. Your teen is searching for someone who
can show why it's worth doing. Teens need to know that spending time with the piano is time well spent -- and definitely not
child's play. The teen must be given songs he or she can relate to.......as well as the rudiments of playing. Repertoire (songs)
and the relationship with the teacher must be interesting and inspiring... or ...sayonara piano.
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Why is it that so many teens and children
lose interest before piano has truly ever been given a chance in their lives? Here is the reason... From long experience turning
kids around from years of dull teaching and even masochistic drills, the answer lies in introducing piano with the right teacher
to begin with. You can always tell whether you've hit the jackpot when your student is excited about learning. Yes there will
be some ups and downs, but there nearly always should be a bright spot in the lessons showing the way like a light at the
end of a forest. Deep unhappiness when your student is together with the teacher is a sign that you are with the wrong teacher.
If your student isn't gung ho on piano, that's ok for the present, but they should be happy with some things they are doing.
A growing appreciation, a growing ability, and playing more interesting and challenging pieces is what you
need to see. A teacher needs to demonstrate in action how valuable piano
learning is. While it can't be overstated that
a piano teacher must have the qualities of being a good teacher and a good communicator, its genuinely ideal if the
teacher plays not just well,but exceptionally well. Students respond to excellence in playing perhaps more than any single
quality that a teacher might have. This is true of all ages -- not just teens. The piano is capable of sublime, exquisite
sound under skilled hands. More than any other single reason for practicing, students will go to great lengths and great amounts
of time in practice to imitate the beautiful sound they hear....whether that be in Rock, Jazz, Classical or any other
style of piano. Exquisite musical sound is worth any amount of time working for. As a parent or teacher that is the
strongest card you can deal your teen student...the sound of great piano playing. Translation: Piano's worth doing.
As a further guide, the relationship between the student and teacher is more than just the subject matter presented
adequately. The teacher must demonstrate this sound , then encourage the student to do the same and express who
they are thru the music. The bond between student and teacher is about the encouragement the student feels -- that the
teacher is really
applauding them at a deep level of expression and personal discovery and meaning with the sounds
and music they make atthe piano. That's why it helps if the teacher is a down to earth good communicator. Ok -
that's my two cents:)