Piano Lessons For Kids: One Common Parental Error
Yes, we offer piano lessons for kids as well as adults. In this brief message, we would like to acknowledge a common mind set many parents buy into prior to getting a son or daughter involved with lessons. An honest look at whether or not this applies to you as a parent just might lead you to looking at the situation in a different light.
“I’d really like my kid to have piano lessons but I don’t know if he/she will like it.”
Here’s another concern often expressed:
“We’re thinking of signing up our kid for piano lessons. We just don’t know if he/she is cut out for it.”
What do both of the above statements have in common?
Well, both reveal that the parent wants to do something positive for their youngster. However, they each also contain an important word that has served as a most powerful tool of sabotage since the beginning of time:
That’s right. Both statements represent a parent with a conditional mind set. So, why is it conditional? Or, better yet, what’s the real reason you have a desire to get your youngster musically involved?
Whatever that reason happens to be, perhaps we can at least agree that you feel strongly about the idea that there are irreplaceable long-term benefits that go along with becoming musically involved.
That said, if you know vegetables are conducive to good health, would you leave it entirely up to your kid as to whether or not he/she ate those green beans on the plate? You’d probably come up with a creative way to make it happen. Likewise, music lessons can be approached with the same unconditional mind set. But that doesn’t mean those lessons have to be force fed.
An “all or nothing” perspective often leads to sabotage. Your kid doesn’t need to qualify for Julliard to enjoy the benefits that go hand in hand with piano lessons. Actually, if more parents eased up with all those high expectations and simply allowed themselves to accept that musical involvement is naturally conducive to higher self-esteem and a well -balanced lifestyle, there would probably be more homes with pianos in them.
The piano teacher you adopt for the role will have a lot to do with whether little Johnny or Mary enjoys their time with those lessons. As for whether or not your child “has what it takes,” if you even thought of hiring a piano teacher who thinks in terms of such conditional terms, quickly make a 180 degree turn and move on. The truth is that becoming musically involved can be for anyone without exception.
If you find yourself in the situation in which you’re playing a bit of a “ping pong game “with the idea of lessons for your kid (or yourself), establish communication with us. We would love to listen to your questions and concerns. It’s really not as complicated as you may be thinking.