If you walk around your hometown this spring and start to see pianos instead of flowers popping up everywhere, don’t worry…you’re not going crazy.
Over the past few years, the number of cities worldwide embracing “Pianos in the Park” (so to speak) is… blossoming. Spearheaded by charity groups, and further embraced by city councils looking to promote community, pianos in the street are becoming a huge hit.
Cities like New York have placed up to 60 refurbished pianos throughout the city, encouraging anyone and everyone to sit down and play a tune, simply for the love of music. I think it’s a wonderful idea that has a very strong underlying message for piano students, parents, and teachers.
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If parents want to encourage their children to practice the piano, they must make the piano accessible. Cities like New York have put their street pianos in high traffic areas, where people simply passing by may be enticed to tickle the ivories. Parents should do the same.
Pianos stuffed away in an upstairs bonus room or some other out-of-the-way location are much more likely to be ignored than pianos sitting front and center in the living room. Formal, structured practice is always important, but playing a little ditty while on your way to the dinner table never hurts.
Help Students Make Piano Practice a Priority
So if you have piano students who are not making practice a priority, ask them where their piano is located. If it is tucked away in the far reaches of their house, encourage their parents to make it more accessible.