Last summer when I first began producing the Piano Parent Podcast, I sent an invitation to the piano teachers in one of the Facebook groups I belong to asking teachers to do an interview with me. The men and women in this group are some of the best piano teachers in the world and their overwhelmingly positive response gave me the boost of confidence I needed to keep pursuing this online dream.
Here we are, about to celebrate our one-year anniversary so I would like to dedicate this episode to those amazing and generous teachers. Thank you, each of you, for spending some time talking shop with me. I have learned from every interview!
Thank you, each of you, for spending some time talking shop with me. I have learned so much from every interview and I know your interviews have been a huge help to new piano parents across the world!
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I find the most success is parents who pair practicing the piano with homework.
Behind every successful piano student is a parent who is a wee bit more stubborn and persistent than the student is.
If a piano parent can communicate with me, I will do everything in my power to help them.
You’ve heard this statistic, right? “20% of kids learn to play music. 70% of adults with they had.”
Most teachers put their heart and soul into their teaching so I think it’s important for parents to understand how special the teacher and student relationship is.
Remember this is FUN! We PLAY the piano!
Piano exams can give a much clearer picture of what a student’s strengths and weaknesses are, and this can help them become a more well-rounded musician.
Help your students by setting good and realistic expectations. Help them build good time management and practice habits.
Practicing needs to be a family, nurturing event. Make it the most encouraging thing. Make some music every day.
The day is coming (probably sooner than you realize) when you will look at your child and think “Wow! That was really beautiful! My child is a musician!” That moment? Worth every bit of practice!
Be supportive at home with practice but don’t try to control the situation. Don’t correct your piano kid when they are practicing. Let them go through their own process.
Provide your child with consistent practice time. Being able to play music has gotten me through some of the worst times in my life.
You are investing in your child – not just on an instrument but in life skills – perseverance, trying new things, exploring and creating.