A recent study confirmed that 100% of adults are totally bummed when they tell people they used to play the piano.
I once received a call from a parent looking to sign her child up for lessons, but nothing serious.
So I asked, "How did your child become interested in not studying the piano very seriously?"
She replied, "Oh, well I just meant I want him to have fun."
ME: "So he's taken lessons before?"
ME: "What if we make it fun and take it seriously?!"
HER: "Um, yeah, well I guess that would be great!"
You can have both!
Parlapiano Studio is the penultimate stop for students with a one-way ticket to never playing the piano again.
Before you reach your final destination, I invite you to discover what a creative approach has to offer.
I’m guessing that most of my students don’t know that their teacher still has a teacher. They may not even know that their teacher teaches other teachers or that I've mentored students to become teachers that teach students who sometimes become my students.
At Parlapiano Studio, the learning and sharing never stop.
We all move forward, together.
“How much should my child be practicing throughout the week?”
It's a simple enough question that, after 17yrs of teaching, I still find difficult to answer. But I’ll give it a go.
I expect students to include frequent trips to the piano as part of the rhythm of life.
Time spent on the instrument = you get better, but it is more important to maintain a consistent orbital path of returning to the piano.
I'll be more pleased to hear from a student who bumped into the piano every day than I am the one who jammed in a single 90min session just before their lesson.
While I like this answer, what most parents want to know is:
HOW MANY MINUTES?
So, never miss two days in a row and even if you think you don’t have time you have 5min. Anything less than double your lesson length throughout the week should land you in piano jail.
Piano players play the piano, every day.
Make music your lifestyle.