There are so many different kinds of classes – all called ‘Piano Class’ and parents have no real way of knowing exactly what they are getting into, until their child is enrolled.
Teachers always talk to the parent before they take on a new student – i know i do, because the ‘Piano Class’ that I and many other teacher’s like me teach, is the road to developing a long term love and passion for music and piano playing. It involves a committment – from the student, parent and teacher, towards working together, to help the child learn.
So, parents here’s a brief guide to what the teacher expects :
- That you have a piano at home, with a height-adjustable bench
- Regular attendance, and arriving on time, for piano class (with the required books and with the students reading glasses!)
- Daily practise – a young student starts with a few minutes a day, and builds this up
- That you organise your child’s schedule so they get time at home – to relax, listen to music and spend time with their parents – I’ve recently seen very many stressed children – stressed, because they’re too busy with too many hobby classes and their parents too busy with their work, to get time to spend together as a family.
- Supportive parents – who make sure that daily practise is done, in a positive way – by being around, listening to their child, praising small improvements
- Making the time for student concerts
- Making time to communicate with the teacher regularly (on the phone, at class or via email – whatever’s possible) and sit in on class when required
- Committing to progress – it is essential that your child learns something new at each class, and that you work with the teacher to ensure that this happens
A Piano Class like this, is for parents who are willing to spend time helping their kids learn and helping the teacher get to know their child, so she can teach better.
Here are a couple of very interesting blogs by Elissa Milne that will help you understand better, what ‘Piano Class’ is about