Two Terrible Goals for Music Education

When you consider signing up your child for music lessons, what do you want for them?

If you want them to have “fun”, they most definitely will fail to become a functional musician.

If you let your child believe learning to play the piano (or any instrument) should be “easy”, they will be in for misery and disappointment.

If you want them to learn a skill, and are willing to travel that journey with them at least the first few years, then the satisfaction, motivation, and “fun” will happen when their hard work and discipline pays off in playing “easily”. Watch them flourish.

Dan Severino posted this a few years back, but it is never more relevant and important than today. “The Truth About Music Lessons” is well worth the read, even if it stings a little.

“I have never heard ANYONE who makes their living in music say the thing they remember most about their teacher is that they made lessons “fun”.  Challenging – yes. Interesting – yes. Demanding – yes.  ”Fun” –  NEVER!”

Read the rest here:  http://pianoteacherpress.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/piano-lessons-are-fun-think-again/

What was your experience as a child? Did you take music lessons? I’d love to hear your comments.

 

Piano for two, or three, or four, or the whole family

The alligator sounds like this: du da di du da di

Friends playing duetsMusic Moves For Piano is different.

 

It is the only keyboard curriculum to teach real music skills in the order that God intended.

You see, our brains, bodies, and soul are made for community. They all work together to allow us to interact with others.

This interaction is usually based upon language. Yes, including body language.

 

But what about music? Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the purpose of learning music?”

We all know purposes OF music – weddings, parties, retail stores, radio, soundtracks, background elevator music…and just for listening. But what do these types of music activities all have in common?

These are all examples of passive consumption of music. They all have one thing in common – a passive consumer.

There is no communication in it. And we are people of community. Music is a way to communicate that is uniquely human.

Music Moves For Piano brings back community, communication, and fun. Young children discover, explore, create, improvise and play in duets and ensembles. They sing songs, learn to move and breath and chant and most importantly….listen.

And they LOVE it.

 

Oh, and the curriculum is 100% developed from decades of research into how children (humans) learn music.

It’s just like how we learn a language. Listen – speak – converse – read – write. In that order. You don’t force a 9-month old baby to read before he is even speaking. Yet traditional music teaching methods do just this: they compel young children to read notation, push a button for each dot, before they have ever learned to “speak” the words (tonal and rhythm patterns) of music. It’s a bit absurd.

 

Music Moves For Piano, and Keyboard Games for 3-6 yr olds, presents singing, movement, keyboard geography and technique, creativity and improvisation, and piano pieces in a sequence, based on the Music Learning Theory by renowned educator and child-researcher Edwin E. Gordon.

Call or email today to reserve your spot. Sibling discounts. Referral credits. Guaranteed joy.

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