The Truth About Piano Lessons
August 27, 2011 §
Learning the piano involves learning to control 88 complicated little levers with 10 little fingers. And 2 feet.
Here is an excellent article by a piano teacher in Massachusetts, Karen Berger, from her blog Musical Resources. It has been reprinted and circulated all around the world. Anyone thinking about piano lessons for themselves or a child will profit from reading this. She is aiming mostly at parents and describes the many benefits of learning the piano. But she also tells the truth about how hard it can be to practice, how hard it is to get a child to practice, how frustrating the whole process can be and how long it can reasonably take.
I’m not sure I would have the nerve to lay out the truth in quite this fashion. I’m more a gradually-turn-down-the-thumbscrews kind of person. But otherwise we are entirely together on the costs and benefits of piano study. We even read the same scientific journals.
It is a long, hard road, mastering the piano, but worthy of every effort.