I love teaching children's piano lessons. Kids have a love for learning new things and their passion for music is truly inspiring.
The best advice that I could give a parent whose child wants to play piano would be to make sure that learning it is fun. The students of mine that continued their lessons year after year were the ones that not only had that most drive, but the most fun!
I find that when children piano lessons and practice become boring, the kids get bored and don't want to play as much. So, I keep the music passion alive by having fun with lessons.
You may have already been considering children's piano lessons. I'm sure your child is as excited as you are about the prospect of playing music. From a teachers perspective I find that not only is the students’ motivation and teachers abilities important, but the books you learn from are key.
I have tried a lot of different lessons books over my years of teaching and I always felt like they weren't quite in synch with my method of teaching. Finally, I found a set of books on the internet that I absolutely love! They promote fun, self-disciplined learning, which is exactly what I try to inspire in my students. They cover all levels of playing (intermediate to advanced) and the best part is that they show you how to practice smart. This may sound like nothing, but practicing properly can save you a heck of a lot of time, effort, and it can improve your skills much faster. I teach my students all these skills, but I have never found a set of lesson books that promote these skills so well. I truly recommend these books to any student who has a passion for music and for any teacher who values fun learning!
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