Recently, I posed this question on social media: “What do you want to know about piano lessons?"
This conversation began with another question, “How do you make a student practice?” Quickly, however, the discussion spiraled into the topic of 'igniting passion' for playing the piano. One adult commented, “I think this is an age-old question, forever asked again and again, because we don't like the answer...You can't. You can't ignite a child's passion to devote themselves to something that promises a return, even a spectacularly life-enriching return, years down a road of hard work, discipline and sacrifice. Unless the child is particularly gifted, Chopin doesn't sound miraculous to him or her...it just sounds nice, maybe.”
As much as parents might beg, bargain, or thrust threats, it is not possible to ignite passion for music in the “belly” of a child. I have a musical family…two of my four kids, however, wanted nothing to do with music at a young age. It matters not that her foster mom called her “cantante” (singer in Spanish), our adopted daughter has no interest in music. She has a beautiful voice (ability), but no passion.
an intense desire or enthusiasm for something
As a teacher, it is my job to guide students in a way that they can learn and grow; and perhaps, if not now, when they are older, they come to love music.
I think the most common comment I get from adults when they hear that I’m a piano teacher is, “I wish I would have stuck with lessons when I was young.”
So parents, let’s make a deal. As partners in this educational process, if your child is bored, unmotivated, unengaged, asks to play a certain genre of music, or anything else that you think I should know, please talk with me. If you're not able to connect with me before your child's lesson, shoot me an e-mail, a text, or contact me below. I’m always available. -- Marilyn