Piano Lessons. To take or not to take???
Here are the things constantly rolling through my brain:
- We loooove our teacher. She makes it fun and offers the right amount of external reward for practicing and performance.
- Both kids are 'smart' enough to learn and play decently but musical talent doesn't register on either's list of strengths.
- I am not as attentive to scheduling practice time as I need to be. Sometimes we end up with 1 or 2 practices before lessons instead of 5 or 6 like we should.
- Getting them to practice can be a fight since it's not as regular a requirement as it should be (my fault) but why do I think that they would WANT to do anything that doesn't involve quantity sugar consumption or computer games? Do they WANT to unload the dishwasher? NO. Should learning to playing the piano feel like a chore? Maybe...for a while until you figure out the benefits.
- Not practicing means that they don't perform as well and so they don't feel the intrinsic motivation of success.
- For the qualifications of our teacher, our relationship with her, etc., piano lessons are a true VALUE but I don't want to pay for anything that makes me fight with my kids.
- Overscheduling is sometimges an issue. Homework, Piano, Sports, Art, Scouts, Activity Days. It gets to be a lot even for just two kids.
What to do? What to do? I want my kids to know how to play the piano. I wish that I played better and well remember my mother telling me I would! Give me some advice you Ann Landers types. :-)