The other day I was reminded, as I often am, that teaching piano is not much different than teaching skating, ballet, or juggling; skill sets and learning environments may change, but kids don’t.
So what led to this piano teaching revelation?…
On Monday, I spent the morning at the arena, teaching my daughter to skate.
My daughter is the “apple of my eye”. She is beautiful, determined, funny, and caring. She is also headstrong; never afraid to tell me how she’s feeling.
So it came as no surprise during our morning skate, that I was being somewhat berated by my little angel. She was clearly getting frustared with my process. You see, I would pick her up, place her at center ice, let her get her balance, and instruct her to skate towards me. And then, as she would skate towards me I would slowly glide backwards so she would be forced to keep skating.
“DAD, STOP MOVING!!!” she yelled in visible frustration.
And then it hit me! I kept moving her goal.
No wonder she was frustrated. The closer she got, the farther I moved away. She was never getting the satisfaction of reaching me (her goal) and relishing in her achievement.
Celebrate Achieved Piano Lesson Goals
When teaching piano to kids, learn from my skating mistakes. Set goals with your piano students and let those goals be achieved. And when they are achieved… take the time to celebrate before setting a new goal!
Here is Lexi learning to skate and inspiring this piano teaching post all at the same time.
Learn From Our Mistakes
If I’m being honest, at our piano studio, we’ve been making mistakes for years. But with each mistake comes a correction. And with each correction our piano studio gets better and better. Click here to discover how you can learn from our mistakes and build a better piano studio.