The Tiger Mom is all the rage these days. If there’s a debate on parenting techniques, you can bet tiger teeth marks can be found.
And as it turns out, the Tiger Mom has made her way into the piano teaching world. In fact, just the other day, I read an interesting guest post about piano practice and the Tiger Mom.
The author tackles the contentious issue of piano practice. She recounts how, in her parents’ eyes, piano practice always came first and that she hated her parents for “denying [her] the chance to go sledding on a rare snowfall in Vancouver; for denying [her] a night at “Circuit Circus” to play Ms. Pac Man with [her] friends; the chance to see films like “Sixteen Candles” on the weekend”.
And then, towards the end of the article, the author admits that she is “turning into her mother, and at times, her own traumatically frightening piano teacher.”
I’m going to be honest… the whole “traumatically frightening piano teacher” thing scared me.
At the same time, I don’t think the author is necessarily wrong in her approach to piano practice. She is simply doing what works for her and her students. But I am left wondering….
Is a valuable lesson being learned when piano students (and children in general) are taught to “endure” something dreadful?
Does piano practice have to be dreadful?
Is this the only path to success (in piano… and in life)?
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
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