Blog: All About Practice
This blog exists to help piano students and their parents to connect more between weekly lessons by providing resources and suggestions to improve practice productivity. We want to make how to practice more clear.
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What’s the first step to starting piano lessons: A new series for parents that have not quite committed to starting lessons yet . . .
What’s the first step to starting piano lessons?
Well, it’s kinda obvious to every single piano teacher ever. Sometimes it’s not quite so obvious to parents.
Here it is:
GET A PIANO
This may or may not seem like a no-brainer. In case it’s not, let me explain. Your child will not make progress without a piano at home on which they can practice between lessons. So until you have a piano don’t bother. Unless your goal is to pay for really expensive babysitting.
(Actually, I’m not interested in really expensive babysitting, so you can’t start lessons with our studio without a piano at home.)
See if we like It
Sometimes parents ask “Can we just try it first before we buy a piano?” The answer is no, and here’s why:
Starting lessons without a piano at home is like a self-fulfilling prophecy. The idea of trying to “see if we like it” is destined to fail.
Why? Because learning an instrument is hard work. It takes practice and dedication. It takes the willpower to keep going even you want to quit. It takes grit.
How can you put in the hard work without an instrument to practice on?
Taking piano lessons without a piano at home is like learning to play tennis without a racket, learning how to skate while wearing tennis shoes, or learning how to dribble a basketball without a basketball in your hand. It just doesn’t work out.
Starting Lessons Without A Piano
What happens when Little Susie comes to piano lessons each week when she doesn’t have a piano at home to practice on? How many new songs can she learn if she still hasn’t mastered the previous one or can’t find which key is C? How does she feel when she struggles with the same concepts week after week? What does she think when she’s not pleased with the sounds she’s making at the piano? She thinks she’s not good at piano – and that’s not true at all. The truth is she never really had a chance to be successful because she couldn’t practice between her lessons.
Trust the piano teaching community when we say the first step to starting piano lessons is 1. Get a piano!
An Exciting Announcement!
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This Week at the Studio
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Piano Bench Mag Readers, start here!
Welcome to my blog, All About Practice! If you're here because of my Piano Bench Mag article, great! That means you must have liked it! 🙂 [If you want to read my Piano Bench Mag article from February 2017, subscribe to this monthly piano teaching digital magazine....
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