Friday, August 12, 2011
the easy way to teach your kids piano
Warning...if you are a concert pianist (or my 8th grade piano teacher), you probably will want to skip this post!
I took piano lessons for 7 or 8 years. I didn't love it, but I'm glad that I can play~and I do enjoy sitting down now and then at the piano. I know that there are great benefits to learning to play an instrument, so I do think it is important for my kids to learn to play. I just want them to enjoy playing the piano. I don't care if they have all the technical stuff down. I don't want to fight with them to practice. I want it to be somewhat enjoyable, and I want them to learn a thing or two. I also want them to work at their own pace.
I have a hard time sending them for lessons when I know that I can teach them. Yet, I am not that motivated to spend the time teaching them. Therefore, I basically bribe them to teach themselves! I sit down with them for a few minutes here and there when they are first beginning, and then I tell them to read the directions and check with me to make sure they understand. After they have played a song 15 times, they can pick a piece of candy. Then they are allowed to move on to the next song. The candy is very motivating! (I usually pick it up at the dollar store) I try to buy mostly chocolate, so they don't have all the sticky, gooey stuff that is bad for their teeth. The funny thing is, now when I add new treats to the treat basket, they immediately divide them up into their own piles to pick from!