3 “Must Know” Reasons Why You Should Be Involved In Your Child’s Music Education
Over the last 40 years or so, between my aunt, my mom and myself I believe we must have taught 1000s of students in our home studios. While I personally only taught a fraction of that number, I was often intrigued why some kids continue to learn music for a decade or more and others would just stop coming for classes after a year or so.
When I first started questioning this, I thought that it was talent and a good ear for music that kept children engaged.
But this was not true, I found that just as many kids who could play by ear gave up learning music in a year or two as the number that continued on.
Basically, I found that a child’s natural ability in playing piano had nothing to do with them sticking with piano lessons in the long term.
The analyst in me just couldn’t figure out what the anomaly was.
Then I decided that I should try tracking for several different variables.
Talent obviously was a key, but I knew that it was not the common denominator, so I looked at variables like older siblings learning music and parents musical background.
Again I came up with nothing.
There just wasn’t enough of a pattern.
The results were very diverse.
And I was totally confounded for a while.
Fortunately for me after mulling over this issue for about a year or so, I had a ‘light bulb’ moment when a parent, who had no background in music whatsoever, asked if she could sit through her child’s classes?
This was one of my mom’s students’ parents.
At first my mom was reluctant to allow it but finally said yes.
My initial thought was that having the parent sit through the class would have a negative impact on the child and also be awkward for my mom as the teacher – the ultimate outcome was far from that.
The parent took a keen interest in her child’s music class, didn’t get in the way of my mom and the teaching session, but was always ready to help her child get over the difficult and challenging areas and all in all was a very good influence.
It was at this point that I felt that I should now start tracking the students’ likelihood for long term music success by testing for the variable ‘parental involvement’.
Yes, I think you guessed it.
I finally found the answer.
Children whose parents were involved in their musical education for the first 4 years (which often are the toughest) were more likely to stick with it and become advanced musicians than those whose parents took a ‘hands off’ approach.
While there are now many research papers that support my own theory, the first hand knowledge I gained about this one variable had a profound impact on how I looked at teaching piano and it is what greatly shaped and influenced my online course design.
As you know, there are many different online piano courses,
Teach Your Child Piano, is the only online piano course that is geared a 100% toward teaching parents how to teach their child.
I am a true believer that there is no better teacher than yourself for your child and here’s why I think so.
Reason No. 1 – No One Understands Your Child’s Difficulties Better Than You
Children have a variety of different learning abilities, styles and needs. Whether a child is gifted or has special needs, I believe that no one knows the child’s specific learning preferences more than his parents.
If you are of the same opinion as me, then you will no doubt agree that no one would be better at understanding what motivates your child, and what challenges your child may have with a specific subject and no one would be better suited than you to help your child overcome those difficulties.
Reason No. 2 – You Are Able To Customize Material
The next reason is, online piano courses are not geared to change according to the child’s needs.
Yes, many of them say that they learn your child’s habits and then adapt to them.
But would you really put your child’s education in the hands of technology and not do anything on your part?
Even the most talented child is likely to lose motivation, get stuck, require a pep-talk on work ethics etc. Do you think that current technology can do that and even if it did, would you be happy if it did it, thus taking your place?
I know I wouldn’t and if you are anything like me, you would like to have some oversight into your child’s musical education.
Also since you understand your child the best, then I would assume that given the right tools and guidance you would be able to customize the material to suit your child’s specific needs. Am I correct?
Reason No 3 – Seeing You Struggle Inspires Your Child To Work Harder
You are your child’s best role model and when you learn something alongside your child, you will struggle (because its new to you).
Not only will this deepen your empathy for your child and his struggles but it will also show your child that you are willing to make mistakes, you are willing to learn and you are NOT willing to give up.
Can you imagine the character building lessons that are involved in this process?
And best of all is the fact that you are not simply telling your child that he should not give up, you are not simply telling your child to work harder but you will be showing him with your actions and leading by example.
Can you think of anything better than that?
Now you see why my online piano programs are different from others and why parents and children are seeing such high success rates?
You should definitely join myself and other parents in my Free FB Group and start teaching your child piano, today.
Creator of the Teach Your Child Piano Series
Karen’s programs are grounded in her signature method the Transformational Five Framework, which ensures that all learners gain a solid foundation to help them master the art of playing piano.
It is Karen’s dearest wish that all children, irrespective of their background are able to experience the joy of music in their homeschool. And to this end, it is her vision to reach out to a million or more moms’/parents’ who have always dreamed of teaching their kids music, but couldn’t do so because they were not taught music as kids.