Choosing A Piano Teacher For Your Child: Part I

[anti-rclick]Finding a suitable piano teacher is crucial for a student’s progress. But it did not occur to me that the piano teachers a student met in the childhood would change his/her piano life forever. Let me tell you a true story here:

Once upon a time there was a little girl called Sara. She was a very timid child. She started her piano lessons since she was 4, as her mother told her to. Her experience in piano learning could be described as “traumatic” and “dramatic”.

Sara’s first piano teacher was a young woman, who was inexperienced and lack of piano expertise, however compassionate. It was not certain what had gone wrong during the piano lessons, but Sara hated playing the piano right from the start. When the young teacher went to the little girl’s home for the piano lessons, Sara would hide anywhere in the house- under the bed, in the closet, behind the curtain- or even do something more drastic, like spitting at the teacher and fighting with her, just to get away from playing the piano. Under such intolerable circumstances, Sara still studied under this teacher for a few years.

Sara quickly passed grade 8 piano exam during the first few years of her piano life, while at the same time she found playing the piano a total disaster. As her level of playing progressed, her mother felt the need to find her a better teacher. Sara’s second teacher was quite a famous teacher, whose primary aim was to produce star students and therefore had a long waiting list even though she charged an astronomically high tuition fee. Nonetheless, Sara did not have much luck studying with this teacher, whom she found was not particularly fond of her musical growth and did not teach her much at all. Eventually she had to leave this teacher even though the place as a student of the star teacher was so hard to get through tremendous threads of connections.

Sara did not progress in terms of her technique and musicality, while her hatred towards playing the piano grew increasingly. Although she did make it to grade 8 in a comparatively short period, there were many basic music rudiments she did not learn throughout the years. She did not know how to play many pieces, and so her sight-reading skills was accordingly poor. She was particularly terrible in counting even the simplest rhythms, and thus keeping a steady tempo, a skill quintessential to make a good musician. Most importantly, her experience in piano and music learning was traumatized to such effect that her detest over playing the piano was cast deeply in her heard and could not be easily erased.

*This is the first part of the story.

**Sara is a fictional name.

(To be continued…)
Choosing A Piano Teacher For Your Child: Part II

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