In a recent questionnaire to parents I asked the question -What expectations did you have before your child started piano lessons? The answers were varied and insightful. Here are a few of them.
1.That my children will have a better understanding of music
2. That he would learn to read and enjoy music.
4. That it would be tough-going keeping her motivated over the long-term, but that—if she stuck with it—it would prove a long-lasting gift for her and for my (hopefully) future grandchildren. I looked at it as a long-term, generational investment and a gift for her if she ever wanted to do anything musically.
5. I thought he would learn the basics of music.
6. Just that he would have fun, and love music, and be a lifetime lover of music.
7. That he would continue to love playing and gain confidence in his musical ability.
8. Just that he would learn to appreciate music.
I thought back to what my mother would have said. It would be something like, "I expect that she will learn to play well enough to accompany our family sing-alongs, play at the Christmas Eve party, and play for the church congregation." You see my mother was practical and she saw playing the piano as a practical skill.
Watch for a documentary, starring my students, as we explore how playing the piano is a practical skill.