Typically, most of us feel a bit anxious before starting something new. So before your child begins taking lessons, we would like to give you some useful tips. These may help you and your child have more fun with the piano.
Recently, we had the chance to speak with Yumi Sasada on the latest developments in piano lessons. Ms. Sasada holds seminars for piano teachers and also runs her own piano class. She also makes frequent radio appearances and writes on this topic.
Check out our previous article, How can I help my child learn the piano?
WHY DO PEOPLE PLAY THE PIANO?
Playing the piano is a wonderful experience. Whether you learn while you are growing up or in adulthood, it’s a fantastic life skill to have. It would be nice to be able to play well, but very few parents bring their children to piano lessons and envision them eventually playing professionally.
That said, playing the piano is not an easy feat and it will take some time before your child can properly enjoy it. Some parents may feel anxious about whether they will continue their child’s lessons after they start, but herein lie some of the reasons why piano lessons have become one of the most popular learning activities for children.
WHAT WILL YOUR CHILD GET FROM TAKING LESSONS?
The process of going through piano exercises is what gives your child the ability to express music on the piano. The experience of visiting their teacher’s home and having their teacher listen to their playing is a very important aspect of the learning process.
At the lessons, your child will learn a range of other skills including manners, behavior and other basic abilities. These range from greeting other people, to language usage, correct posture, perseverance and concentration.
Your child may have frustrating moments where they are not able to play to their expectations, even after hard work. They will also experience a sense of accomplishment when they overcome these challenges.
Another important aspect is the process of practicing towards a goal, such as a recital. I think most people will agree that setting certain goals and working towards achieving them is transferrable to studies, sports and even work.
In our lessons, we also work on the Solfeggio, which covers the basics of music. Even if your child ends up quitting piano lessons, they will be exposed to music throughout their life. This may include listening to their favorite songs or singing. As they grow older, they may decide to move on to other musical activities at school, such as brass bands or choral groups, form their own band, or start playing another instrument.
Piano lessons will help them to develop their musical awareness, which will be very useful in dancing and vocal training as well. In adulthood, they may be able to keep good pitch and time when singing karaoke and learn songs quicker than most other people!
WE WANT PARENTS TO HAVE FUN TOO!
When parents think of piano lessons for their child, some of the things that may cross their mind is whether they will have to encourage their child to practice every day, or that taking their child to lessons may be a lot of work.
In some cases, we ask parents to come to lessons with their children when they are still very young. Once they reach a certain age, children typically come to lessons without their parents (depending on the child’s temperament).
Parents may also find that the time that their child spends at piano lessons is free time for themselves. This kind of time can be important for parents. So please do not put too much pressure on yourself and be relaxed when sending your child to piano classes!
FOR WHOM? FOR THEMSELVES?
In addition to children, we see more and more adults taking piano lessons. These adults include beginners, as well as adults who have taken lessons in the past and want to play the piano again.
Since adult learners pay for their lessons themselves, they typically have a clear sense of what they wish to accomplish and tell us why they want to play during the trial lesson.
So instead of having only your child learn to play the piano, learning together may be another fun option!
The ability to play the piano is a wonderful thing and something that many people admire. The ability to play a musical instrument is sure to enrich your life in later years.
What do people learn and play the piano for?
My answer to that would be, “For yourself and those who enjoy your playing.”
I think it’s a wonderful thing that children can learn to play the piano from a young age and that other people are able to enjoy their playing.
Graduated from the Kunitachi College of Music (Department of Music Cultures & Education, Faculty of Music Studies). Studied piano with Yoshiko Koizumi and vocal training with Emiko Akiyama. While still in school, she became a demonstrator for Roland. After graduation, she taught music at a high school, and then became teacher of classical and popular piano for junior teachers. She is currently director of the MUSIC OASIS VERDE school at her home.
In addition to giving lessons and writing on this topic, she is also actively engaged in developing preschool learning materials, course coordination, and giving instructive seminars in many parts of the country. She is also featured as a live DJ at a community FM station, and involved with program planning and production, as well as serving as navigator in musical events.