10 Things You Should Do BEFORE Your Child Starts Piano Lessons

Check out this excellent article by Elissa Milne. Click Here to read it.

I would also add to this list:

11. Make sure your child knows the difference between high/low and loud/soft. You wouldn’t believe the number of students who will say “the music got higher” when what they mean is that it got louder. High/low refers to pitch, NOT volume. (I blame the advent of technology that allows us to turn the volume to a higher numeric level and say we turned the volume “up”.). A good example for high and low are a flute compared to a tuba, or a little bird compared to a hippo.

12. Expose your child to different styles of music, both in audio and visual forms. Show them all the things piano can be used for, anything from Mozart (classical) to Gershwin (jazz) to Hisaichi (anime soundtrack). Show videos, go to a performance at a local community college, attend a recital from a studio. Teach your child to appreciate all kinds of music that piano can be used to make, both solo and ensemble. Also remind them that they won’t be as good as the people they see overnight; it takes practice and years of training.  Notice the music in movies, at the mall, and in video games too!

About Lady Fair

Lady is a musician with a bachelor's degree in music education. She plays multiple instruments and has participated in numerous musical ensembles, giving her a wide variety of experiences and knowledge to use in her teaching career. Of her ensemble participation, she has fifteen years of band experience, nine years choral, and four years in orchestra. Éowyn's primary instrument is clarinet, with voice and piano being close secondary instruments. Throughout her musical education career she studied voice and clarinet simultaneously. In addition to clarinet, piano, and voice, she has also studied violin and oboe at the college level, and also plays recorder, tin whistle, and other instruments in the woodwind family. If you ask her, she will say, "I chose to major in music education because I have a desire to use my knowledge and experience in music to share its beauty and foster a love of music in the hearts of my students. I hope to encourage my students to try their hardest, feel like they have accomplished something, and give them a life long passion for music." Lady currently teaches private lessons on clarinet, sax, flute, oboe, piano, and voice, and recently gained a position teaching orchestra and chorus at a local middle school. She is also a member of the Once Upon a Dream woodwind ensembles.
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