What... (i.e. camp, dance class, birthday party)
        
 
Pick a NYMetroParents Region: All Regions   Manhattan    Brooklyn    Queens    Westchester    Rockland   Fairfield    Nassau    Suffolk  

Resources

   

ASK THE EXPERT: HOW CAN I TELL WHETHER MY CHILD IS FRUSTRATED WITH THE PIANO OR IS JUST UNINTERESTED?

     Home  >  Articles  > Music Class
by NYMetroParents Staff April 8, 2013

Related: piano lessons for kids, learning to play the piano, piano for kids, determining a child's passion,


Children may become discouraged when learning challenging new skills like playing the piano. How can you tell whether your child is frustrated with learning the piano or if he is truly uninterested in learning this instrument? Founder of New York Piano School offers suggestions for parents.

Founder and artistic director of the New York Piano School, which offers students of all ages and skill levels private piano lessons throughout New York City and on Long Island, offers parents tips on how to determine whether their child is frustrated with learning a new skill like playing the piano or if he is simply uninterested in learning how to play the piano.

piano lessonsThough it's hard to tell, there are a few common reasons why a child can become frustrated with the piano, including not liking the current piece he is learning, becoming frustrated by the slow progress he is making, or experiencing a lack of help and encouragement at home.

Sometimes, there might be an incompatibility with the teacher. A switch in teachers could result in an improvement. A teacher can use a different approach where the child might become more interested in the piano lesson. If the first time the child refuses, doesn’t want to do homework, or learn a particular song, teachers will know to change the approach.

I also believe help needs to come from home. Sometimes parents think that the child can practice alone. Frustration and confusion happen when the child can’t carry out the task on his own. Therefore, parents should help with the assignments (even if they are not musicians- the piano teacher will consult them on how they can assist their child at home), be able to divide practice time and have a post-lesson review (go through the pieces again for about 10 minutes once you get home after the piano lesson).

There are some signs parents should look as an indicator that something beyond frustration is wrong that need to be addressed before the child completely quits her piano lessons. If a child constantly resists practicing the piano, is always refusing to go to the piano lesson, or if he even continually forgets to bring his music scores to the piano lesson, these can be signs of true disinterest.

If a child really refuses and is not even interested in when a teacher tries different approaches and this is repeated, lesson after lesson, then maybe it’s time to consider something else. Perhaps introduce her to another instrument, like guitar. It might not be music in general.

In any case, a parent should consult with the piano teacher. Piano teachers have extensive experience working with others who experience the same issues. Piano teachers are professionals who know how to work with children and have number of ways to recapture their love in music. 

Dina Paolucci is the founder and artistic director of New York Piano School that uses Russian Piano Pedagogy in private piano lessons in New York City and on Long Island for students of all ages and levels. This legendary method emphasizes technique, phrasing, touch and tone control by beginning with hearing, seeing, and playing, which differs from the American method of seeing, playing, then hearing.


Get Your FREE Indoor Activity eGuide!

More Music Class Articles

Music for Children and Beyond to Offer Two New Programs

RePlay Music Studios Offers Camp, After-School Programs
Composer Joe Delia Shares Passion for Music through Teaching
School of Rock NYC Expands Summer Camp, Adds Birthday Parties
Brooklyn Kids Can Learn to Rock

Be a good fellow parent and share this with a friend who would be interested
Email Friend

Local Music Class Sponsors

Musical Munchkins
167 Scarsdale Road
Tuckahoe, NY
914-771-7000
Westchester's original and most trusted music prog...

WIREMILL ACADEMY
49 New Street
Wilton, CT
203-544-9494
...

Music Conservatory of Westchester
216 Central Park Ave.
White Plains, NY
914-761-3900
Music Conservatory of Westchester was founded in 1...

Vienna Music
41-08 Bell Blvd., 2nd Floor
Bayside, NY
718-423-1688
Vienna Music strives to provide a stage for all mu...

Broadway Bound Kids
St. Michael's Church, 225 W. 99th St.
New York, NY
917-300-8554
Belt out show tunes, create scripts, become songwr...
See Our Music Class Directory

local zones

Nassau

Nassau cont.

Suffolk

Suffolk cont.

Westchester

Westchester cont.

Fairfield

Rockland

Rockland cont.

Queens

Queens cont.

Brooklyn

Brooklyn cont.

Manhattan

Copyright 2014 NY Metro Parents Magazine Site Design: THE VOICE