FIVE Things We Should Learn From Kids


Teaching piano brings me so much joy. Yesterday we had our spectacular piano recital. My students did a great job performing and showing what they learned. And I want to share with you what I learned from them:

  1. Consistency – My “little” students, no matter what, come to class once a week. They practice on their own and as a result they progress much faster than any of my adult students. Adults usually move their schedule here and where, skip lessons, don’t practice, and as a result often quit or lose interest because they don’t see any progress. And there is no excuse like kids have more time, they don’t. Modern children are just as busy as we are, if not more.
  2. Curiosity – they are always interested what they are going to play or learn next, what musical symbols mean, why it sounds like this or that. WHY!! WHY!! WHY!!!
  3. Challenge – My “little” students are not afraid to be challenged. Constantly progressing by moving from a beginners level to an advanced. They don’t give up and they keep practicing until it’s done!
  4. Joy – They are having fun doing it! Before we start learning a new melody, I always play it for them first to make sure they really like it. And if they do like the melody, they will keep practicing – because it’s FUN!
  5. Let themselves be TALENTED – they don’t have distracting questions like “Am I good enough?” “Am I talented?” They just DO IT!!!

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