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Buying A Piano: Is It Conditional?

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Buying A Piano Is Contingent On What?

Buying A PianoSo, you’re considering buying a piano if “little Suzy of Johnny” is serious about those piano lessons. However, it seems like a bit of a “catch 22″… you’re not sure if you should get your child involved with piano lessons because you don’t know if his/her enthusiasm and sense of commitment warrants your making such a large investment.

This is not an uncommon predicament that so many parents are faced with. However, within this dilemma can often be found the most important determining factor as to whether or not you are in for a successful experience: The commitment has become conditional right from the very beginning.

Sure, like many things, a piano can cost a pretty penny. If your investment is going put strain on the expectations of your child’s mind set, practice habits, and commitment, you will find yourself enduring the same predicament that so many other parents fall victim to. If it is made known to your child that your decision to spend that substantial amount of money on an instrument will be considered to be a “good one” or a “bad one” based on his/her conduct, you just might be dealing with an uphill battle. This approach immediately places a possible stressful scenario on those little shoulders, which really is not warranted at all. Furthermore, if that youngster is always measuring his/her performance up against your conditions, it’s very possible it will have a negative impact on the enjoyment and benefits that might otherwise be reaped if the entire situation was unconditional.

One might consider an alternative approach, one that almost guarantees a rewarding experience in the long run. If you have a television in home, how much thought went into your making the decision that it would be an integral part of your household? In this day and age, it’s pretty much a given that a television is a “necessity.” Interestingly enough, it was the invention and marketing of the television that led to the diminishing of player piano as a source of family entertainment. Prior to that, a lot more homes were complimented with a piano in the living room.

Chances are great that, from the time that you knew you were alive, a television was something you knew to be available. It was a source of entertainment that was pretty much taken for granted. A television was always a must (with few exceptions). Imagine if the same were true of the piano. If a child is born into a family and, while growing up, was always exposed to the that musical piece of furniture being available, would you say the chances exist that this youngster will at least know that having music in his/her life to some degree is always an option? Would it be necessary for that piano to be the primary focus of that child in order for his/her life to be enhanced with music, to whatever extent? One does not have to be a professional piano player any more than one has to be a professional TV watcher in order to enjoy some of the benefits it has to offer.

Piano lessons ought to be offered in the same unconditional fashion. If you have made the decision to have a piano in your home, the burden of responsibility is not on the child’s shoulders. Rather, the experience with music can be enhanced simply by allowing the youngster to become engaged with the guidance of a teacher who can nurture the child’s curiosity, interest in music, and sense of self-appreciation.

Is it possible to connect with a teacher who doesn’t have what it takes to lay the foundation so that the experience is nothing short of positive? It sure is. If that’s the case, you have options. Never base your decision on one experience with one teacher… or two… or three… find the teacher who has the desire and intuitiveness to understand your child’s personality and learning patterns. That person does exist.

Make it unconditional. The learning process does not need to be (nor should it be) a “pass or fail” experience. If your child, prior to lessons, had some curiosity and desire, then it’s up to the teacher to nurture that. Communication between the student, teacher, and parent is most conducive to the entire experience being a positive one. It’s a communicative triangle that you want to establish and allow to strengthen.

If you have enlisted a piano teacher who makes it mandatory that the student practice for at least an hour a day, for example, and your child resists that, then it’s something to talk about. If this particular student/teacher relationship isn’t going to result in your child maintaining a desire to continue having fun with music, then it might be time to move on.

There are variety of other examples that could apply and a number of variables to consider. However, if you maintain the one constant that your child will unconditionally enjoy the learning process and that music will be a part of his/her life, to whatever degree, you’ll do what it takes to make it an enjoyable scenario, one that is conducive to a lifetime enhanced with music.

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Beginning Piano Students: How To Gain Quick, Satisfactory Results

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Beginner Piano Students: You Can Fun Immediately
At That Piano Or Keyboard Of  Yours

Have Fun With Piano Chords

 

So, you’re a beginning piano student or your considering the idea of getting involved with piano lessons.  Maybe you have some questions swirling around your mind like:

“Is this going to be an uphill battle?”

“Is it really going to be all work at the beginning and no play?”

“Will I be able to do what this teacher is asking of me?”

Beginning Piano LessonsWell, as far as that last question, if you have the right piano teacher, that won’t really be a concern at all. A qualified instructor will know how to adapt to your personality and specific needs. But what about those other questions? Are you having reservations because you think it’s going to take months to even start having fun at that piano or keyboard of yours?

Actually, your piano teacher will have a lot to do with that, too.  Whether those lessons are for you as an adult student or your child, it’s a teacher’s role to make it an interesting journey. Sure, you will likely want to enjoy a well-balanced diet of “musical nutrition,” which will include learning how to read music, interpret it, acquire a certain amount of technique, and learn some theory that is conducive to a better understanding of music. However, if you have a piano instructor with a diversified background, you can be introduced to certain musical concepts along with enough technical guidance so that you can be expressing yourself in a musical fashion before very long at all.

Learning a few chords on the piano, complimented with gaining minimal technical competency, can lead to your having a ball at those keys. You want a piano teacher who is creative in this regard (if you’re going to be taught to do nothing but become a reading and playing “robot,” then you might be in for a disappointing experience, depending on your threshold for discipline). But, when you’re connected with a teacher with a strong chordal and improvisational background in music, your entire journey can be a joy ride. Isn’t that the way it ought to be, after all?

Once you become acquainted with some chords and what to do with them, you just might find yourself having a difficult time staying away from that piano keyboard (that’s a nice problem to have!). The interesting thing here? Reading music does not have to be a part of the equation. Again, yes, you’ll want to take advantage of a nice, comprehensive piano education (most likely), but you don’t have to read in order to enjoy some pretty quick results. Just think back to when you were a young child. Did you learn to read and write what you were expressing vocally first? Or, rather, did you learn to express yourself first and then learn to read and write later? Right. You get the idea. It can be the same way with music.

This is good food for thought when it comes to questioning that prospective teacher of yours (or your child’s). How fun is it really going to be? Remember, the emotions that are attached to those early experiences can and probably will have a huge impact on whether or not things are a go for the future. Connecting with a piano teacher with a diversified understanding of various musical styles will make a big difference and will most likely keep your interest going, not only in those beginning stages, but for weeks, months, and years to come.

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Keeping Your Child Interested In Piano Lessons

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Piano Lessons: The Motivation Factor

Is Your Youngster’s Motivation For Piano Lessons At A High Level?

 

Sarasota Piano LessonsOkay, so you understand at least some of the long term benefits of providing your child with piano lessons and have made the commitment to make it happen. Since it’s been a few weeks or a few months since those lessons started, how would you rate his or her motivation for practicing on a scale of 1 to 10? Are you noticing that he or she runs to that piano or keyboard every time the opportunity arises? Or, rather, has it become a chore for you to get that little maestro of yours to spend just a few minutes at that piano keyboard a couple times a week?

If your situation is closer to the latter, then it’s very likely that something’s missing in the big picture. How’s the rapport between the piano teacher and your youngster? Have you ever been an observer at any of those lessons? Have you taken the opportunity to study the interaction between them? Does your son or daughter respond to the teacher’s suggestions in a receptive way with enthusiasm? When that’s not the case, does the teacher seem cognizant of the student’s lack of enthusiasm? Does this instructor seem to have a handle on the difference between what makes this student “tick” and what doesn’t?

This is an issue worthy of your attention. It’s more than a matter of your getting your money’s worth for those piano lessons, although we are not minimizing the importance of that. What’s more crucial is the long term affects of your child’s experience with those lessons. At a young age, your son’s or daughter’s perspective of engaging in new things such as piano lessons or any other hobby is most probably going to have a significant impact on future endeavors. If he or she is investing a number of weeks or months in lessons for which no genuine passion exists, consider the fact that, at his or her age, that is a significant portion of life – and your youngster is probably not going to forget it. That’s why you may be able to recall more than just one instance of a fellow adult sharing a childhood piano learning experience with statements like, “I took lessons as a child but it wasn’t for me” or “My piano teacher didn’t think I had what it took to play piano or “I didn’t enjoy my piano lessons because my teacher was too strict” or some other words that reflected an unfavorable experience.

That said, doesn’t it make sense that, while your child is involved with piano lessons (for however long), the experience should be nothing less that a positive one? Remember this: the feelings that your child associates with those lessons will have an absolute impact on the feelings he or she experiences while exploring other avenues as well. For this reason, your role and interaction with both your child and the piano teacher is a significant one. Also keep in mind the truth that it’s not just piano your child is learning. Your son or daughter is learning (and teaching himself or herself) how to respond to challenges while nurturing a love for music, and anything else you can think of that includes one-on-one correspondence with a teacher of any kind. That’s why it’s most important that the right teacher be selected.

A most important suggestion is to simply pay attention to what’s going on. Leaving the matter completely up to the teacher and your youngster just might miss the mark when it comes to your assuming the best role that you possibly can. Do what you can to nurture that triangle of communication between your child, the teacher and yourself. By doing so, you are likely to learn quite a bit yourself.  Also, the next time you’re listening to that rendition of Hot Cross Buns or Bach’s Minuet In G coming from the living room, what you hear will represent a whole lot more to you than just music to your ears!

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Your Piano Practicing Habits: Are They Erratic?

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Practicing Piano: A Chore Or A Bore?

How’s YOUR Piano Practicing Going?

Practicing piano ought to be a joy… a delight… a privilege… something to get excited about…

What? It’s not that way for you?

Well, the truth is, it could be. Unfortunately, this is a matter that is sometimes not dealt with Sarasota Piano Lessonsin an effective way. Much of it may have to do with the communication between student and teacher. In short, if you’re not looking forward to each and every practice session at that piano or keyboard of yours with a twinkle in your eye and a feeling of enthusiasm, this is a matter that is worth taking a closer look at. In addition, it’s a matter that you should feel super comfortable talking about with your piano teacher.

By the way, whatever is being mentioned here, it applies to you if you are an adult student and it applies to your youngster if he or she is taking piano lessons. Either way, if practicing piano is not something you or your child normally gets enthused about, you can take the initiative that many students/parents do not, and that is to communicate with the piano teacher to discuss creative ways to make sitting at those keys a more enjoyable experience. Actually, this is an area where many piano teachers fall short of being effective. All too often, there’s an implied “law” that goes something like, “That’s what the teacher said so that’s how it has to be.” But what if the teacher doesn’t have much to offer in this regard? What if the teacher’s practice slogan goes something like, “I want you to practice a half hour (or whatever time duration) a day no matter what!”

How Do You Improve Those Piano Practice Habits? Begin With This

That kind of admonition might work with a few people but, really, it lacks something. This is a matter that is worth looking at with a magnifying glass. Don’t have any reservation about approaching your teacher and presenting the matter. If you have a child student, for example, who isn’t feeling inspired to go to that piano or keyboard on a regular basis, the next time you’re in the presence of his or her piano teacher, declare and ask, “The desire to practice just isn’t there. What creative ways can we discuss to get him or her more interested?”

Once you ask that question, pay really close attention to the response you get. Is there hesitancy? Does the teacher treat the question as though he or she wished you didn’t ask? Are you getting any creative solutions? If not, it might be time to consider your options. Remember, the feelings associated with practicing piano over the long haul tend to stick. Doesn’t it make sense to see to it that those feelings are great ones?

We will be touching upon this topic of practicing piano more in future messages, so stay tuned. In addition, if you have any questions whatsoever, please feel free to share here.

Happy Practicing!

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Do I Have What It Takes To Play Piano?

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Do I Have What It Takes To Play Piano?

What Does It Take To Learn To Play The Piano?

Sarasota Piano LessonsThese are questions received often. Several analogies could be used to properly illustrate the answer. One might ask, “Do I have what it takes to plant a tree?” Of course, if you have possession of a tiny tree, you have a shovel to dig a hole big enough to accommodate the roots, and you are willing to go through the steps, including placing the tree in the ground, replenishing the dirt, and watering that tree, it’s pretty much a given that you have what it takes. Before all this, however, you needed the desire to plant that tree in order to make it happen. Would you agree?

Well, when it comes to learning how to play the piano, you also need what’s necessary:

1) You

2) A piano (or keyboard)

3) Desire to proceed through the steps of learning

4) The right guidance

Now, we’ll admit… there’s more to playing piano than planting that tiny tree, and thankfully so, because, once the journey is taken, discovering your musical potential at the piano keyboard can be a whole lot more fascinating.

There seems to be an implied “law of learning” when it comes to learning how to play piano that many people adopt even before pursuing their dream of having fun making music. It’s more of a “stigma” that has developed over the centuries and much of it has to do with the concept of learning that manifested from colleges, universities, and yes, individual teachers. Stories are told by adults, time and time again, of a negative childhood experience they endured with a particular piano teacher. Very seldom is the case that the individual would place the blame on the teacher because, after all, the teacher knew better, right?

No. Not necessarily. Taking it even further, it’s not likely. Such negative experiences are usually described as “negative” because the teacher did not have what it took to deal with that particular student. This still happens to this day. The teacher who stands by his or her sense of “righteousness” when it comes to how to learn piano still exists today. More often than not, this stems from the “university approach” to learning which is more or less equated with learning to play to the proficiency of a classical concert pianist. The stigma that goes along with learning classical piano has unfortunately caused many individuals who have had a passion for making music to bow out and never try.

Nourishing the existence of this stigma or subscribing to it is nothing short of absurdity. The author of this message has never met an individual during all his years of training who did not have what it took to play piano. If you have the desire, then that enthusiasm will carry you through any obstacles you will face. In fairness, it should be stated that if the desire isn’t there, that’s a different story. However, not having the desire to learn and have fun doing something and not having what it takes to learn and have fun doing something are two completely different matters.

If you have come to terms with the fact that you do, in fact, have the desire to learn to play piano and have a whole lot of fun in the process, then it becomes necessary to find a teacher who is willing to understand you and nurture that desire in an unconditional fashion. Please read that last sentence again because that’s where things can get a little challenging. It is highly suggested and recommended that you do your homework when it comes to looking for the right piano teacher for yourself or your child. Have no fear when it comes to asking a few questions of a prospective teacher to help determine whether or not he or she is a match for your needs and wants. Stated simply: if you have the desire to learn and have fun, that teacher exists. You may not find him or her the first time but that doesn’t mean your journey should stop.

You are here because you are either considering getting yourself or a child started with piano lessons or you are exploring your options. Consider this a new beginning and treat the adventure ahead of you in an unconditional fashion. It’s possible and you’re going to make it happen. As a result, unlimited rewards await you!

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Welcome to Sarasota Piano Lessons!

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Thank You for your visiting Sarasota Piano Lessons! Chances are good that you arrived here due to either your commitment to find piano lessons that are suitable for your particular needs or your curiosity regarding possibly getting involved with some lessons. Whatever your reason, you have just connected with a resource that can provide you with the answers you are looking for.

Sarasota Piano LessonsObtaining the information is as easy as the click of your mouse. Simply visit our main site at Pianocadabra! There you will find some information that may be helpful. Furthermore, all you need to do is use that contact form once you’ve arrived to share your questions and concerns and you will receive a quality response within a very short period of time.

Piano Lessons In Sarasota Geared To Your Specific Needs

If you are considering hooking up with some piano lessons in the Sarasota area, you’ll find the atmosphere at the studio of Pianocadabra to be a fun and relaxing one. When it’s time for your piano lesson, you won’t to deal with the distraction of other people waiting for your lesson to be finished, as your time is just that… your time. Each and every session of yours is treated as invaluable and attention given to you or your child is undivided. In addition, if it’s your child taking the lessons here, you can absolutely feel free to sit in and observe, as that is strongly encouraged and easily accommodated.

The Creative Approach To Learning Piano Has Arrived In Sarasota!

You will find the teaching approach at Pianocadabra to be a bit more creative than you might have otherwise expected. You see, you will be taking advantage of the experience of a piano coach who has devoted himself to an excess of 35 years helping people one-on-one learning what it is that makes each person “tick” when it comes to reaching his or her personal musical potential on those keys!

Whether you are interested in learning piano or keyboard, and these lessons are for a beginning student, advanced, or anywhere in between, you can rest assured that your specific situation will be given the devoted attention it deserves. So, go ahead… click here to learn a little more about how you can count on your experience at Pianocadabra to be a fun and rewarding one!

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