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Kids and the Piano: Recalling the Initial Struggles

In my eyes, playing piano is beautiful. Mastering this type of music instrument might auspiciously put our feet on many steps ahead, I believe, since it’s so much likely to be an added value embedded to someone when coming into future thresholds in life, like new schools and even work circumstances.

Indeed, having piano skill had been a very long-lost dream of me and my wife, coincidentally, long before we were united as a family. As we had never had the chance to make it real, we intended to deliver the valuable favour to our kids. And thankfully, we could avail ourselves of it this time.

Three years ago, Rasha, my daughter –the elder one-, started her first piano lesson. By this time, she has been steadfast playing her fingers along with the notes. A number of events like recital performances and music competitions she had gone through. Trophies and some other rewarding certificates got in line on the piano top deck, and I do hope more and more upcoming ones will make it stuffed.

Some of classical legendary masterpieces are in the list and anytime can be played at her fingertips. You can name them Mozart’s A Little Night Music, Scott Joplin’s Entertainer, Johann Pachelbel’s Canon, and some more. Here’s a little ‘teaser’ of Rasha’s playing of Canon in D as rehearsal for her next performance in November.

Things seemed to go just fine. Practices, plays, shows, and trophies flew easily in the air. Is that so? Well, here I affirm: NO. Things did look great as you see what are captured in the photographs. But do you have any idea about what really happened behind the scenes? It was a PROCESS full of ups and downs. Here’s the list of the drama played along the initial times of getting a hold of the piano:

Concentration and focus handicaps

It takes half an hour to reach the piano teacher’s residence since Rasha takes a private lesson. We chose the right teacher. However a quite long trip in a shiny and hot day sometimes exhausted Rasha that she had to fight on with a little bit reduced concentration and focus. But I can tell you that it didn’t continue on taking place as Rasha gets herself to grow up. It means that it’s a big deal no more for current context.

Indolence of practice

At home, it was uneasy to get Rasha stayed on the piano and to do what to deal with it, whether for regular practices, preparation for a show, or even for a competition. So exhausting XO

Absence of future comprehension

With all these circumstances, I think I’d come to a conclusion that Rasha keeps having less awareness of the lucrative aspects of mastering piano skills within her early age. So I can understand why she still doesn’t have an apprehension that having piano skills means the opportunities to go out for a living are wide open.

Those things bit. But we didn’t want to resign ourselves to the situation. So good to take them as a challange for development instead.

For my reference, I found some wonderful simple tricks how to make our kids love playing piano, by Sally H., a music teacher in Lake County, IL, USA, quoted from takelessons.com:

  1. Use the word “play”

Rather than say “It’s time to practice piano,” change your wording and say “It’s time to play the piano.” The word “play” is a good word, as it activates all sorts of fun images in a child’s head.

  1. Creativity

Add creativity to your child’s assignments; for example, ask him or her to write you a short song. Even if it’s just a few notes of their own, your child will feel proud to express his or her personal creativity.

  1. Find the right teacher

The effectiveness of beginner piano lessons is all about a good match of personalities between child and instructor. Piano lessons should be an exercise in positive learning. And I’ve got them all in my daughter’s piano teacher (y)

  1. Create a pleasant environment

The piano should be placed in a room where there is a reasonable amount of privacy, but not in a place that makes the student feel isolated. A piano in the dining room is a beautiful addition. A keyboard in a teenager’s bedroom creates some wonderful private moments. Placement of the piano should be in a special area where the student is happy and comfortable.

You know, my house is not a kind of a huge one, so I couln’t find the ideal position to place the piano. So I think wherever I put the piano in my house, I believe it would be okay for Rasha to sharpen her skill in any circumstances.

  1. There’s no room for criticism

Be an appreciative audience. Criticism is very difficult for a young artist to endure when they are learning. As a parent, your responsibility is to notice the positive elements and reward learning efforts. For example, reward your child with a special treat every time he or she practices for 30 uninterrupted minutes. Beginner piano lessons should be associated with the positive aspects of achievement. Happy memories create lifelong playing of a beloved instrument.

Finally, I can say that all of these initial struggles of teaching my kid to play piano will be much more an INDULGENCE of music passion than a hassle.

And Attar, Rasha’s younger brother, has begun to follow his sister’s pathway and started his initial struggles.

 

A husband. A dad. A bank worker. Loves to share in writing about the art of being a dad for the kids.

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