Did you know that a lion’s hunting success rate is only 20%? It’s a startling fact considering the power of these enormous beasts. You wouldn’t think any animal would have a chance once a lion hunt begins.
But the truth is, lions are quitters… but not the bad kind of quitters. Nope, they are the “quit for the greater good” kind of quitters. They know that if they expend too much energy on an unsuccessful hunt, each subsequent hunt becomes more difficult. And before you know it… their survival is on the line.
Quitting Piano Pieces
But does this anecdote have any value in the piano teaching world? Is it possible for a piano student to be a “quit for the greater good” kind of quitter?
I think so…
Sometimes piano students find themselves tackling a piece that is simply too difficult or too uninspiring. To force these students to “finish what they start” can often lead to unhappiness and disinterest. Successful students are inspired students and you just never know what is going to inspire your students unless you experiment with different piano pieces.
It’s a fine balance. The lion who never attempts a hunt will die. The lion who attempts every hunt will die.
Can you help your piano students to be the lion that goes for the kill when it matters most?