Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Back in the 1890's through the 1950's, the PIANO, the VICTOR VICTROLA, the PHONOGRAPH RECORD and the RADIO were the Entertainment Centers of every home here in America.
There were no TV's, no Nintendo's, Computer games, Weii machines, etc. Families turned to live music in the home to entertain themselves.
People actually learned how to play the piano and sing around the piano. It was a family affair. Young people took piano lessons as part of their Education and Personal Enrichment.
Here we are in 2009 - and we need as a nation to get back to the basics. When your kids grow up they will need to have skills that will last them the rest of their life. Consider the list that I have compiled below.
"Taking Piano Lessons does MORE than just teach MUSIC....."
Confidence - your child will be able to play with ease and confidence and be envied by their peers
Concentration - controlled studies have proven that children who take Piano Lessons
are able to accelerate beyond their peers in Math and Science skills; the brained is sorted in a such a manner that skills require thought and organization come with greater ease.
Coordination - eye hand coordination is developed to extemly precise movements, superior to skill of a Heart or Brain Surgeon - Pianists can close their eyes and play memorized pieces - try doing surgery that way.
Consistency - daily practicing renders great results. Children learn that if you put great effort forward towards playing and improving, great results are bound to happen.
Charm - when children develop their skills in playing the Piano, they learn a great deal in grace and charm and develop a taste for the finer things that life offers.
Conceptualization - complex skills such as note reading, understanding complicated rythms, coordinating the hands to handle playing
Courage - children learn NOT to quit when the going gets tough. Tenaciousness is learned from the start of the very first lesson. Anything worthwhile in life takes stick-to-it ness.
Commitment - children will not be anymore committed than their parents are. Piano lessons should be just as important as every subject at school. The parent as to set the stage for this attitude to be really implemented. Homework is given and needs to be completed. Making a verbal commitment of one year of lessons should be done between a child and the parent so the young person will the process of lessons seriously and be prepared weekly for their teacher.
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Friday, December 26, 2008
I hear parents who call me for the first time say this all the time. Taking private music lessons is a COMMITMENT on behalf of the PARENTS first, then the child(ren). I always say to a parent, "....your child will NOT be any more committed than you are."
It's very true. I always recommend parents do as my dad did with 5 children...he made a one year commitment with each one of us, that IF we PRACTICED and PREPARED for our lessons for a minimum of one year, he would rent or or buy us whatever instrument we wanted. Three of my brothers went on to play the trumpet in school bands and my sister stayed with the piano for 6 years.
All of my siblings can read music and can sing in church choirs and as a result of that one year background they each have a confidence level and understanding of music and the fine arts that they otherwise would not have.
So a commitment talk is imperative if a child is going to take the process of lessons serious. Through taking piano lessons children learn more than just 'music'; they also learn and cultivate issues in their lives like self-respect, respect for teachers, respect for the arts, respect for starting and finish assigned tasks, they learn that failure is part of the process of growing and learning, they also learn an appreciation for self expression, being able to create their own music and compose.
Frankly, the sky is the limit. Commitment. It's worth it. Involvement in sports is only one facet of a child's total development as a person. A great Music Education gives a total and balanced 'diet'.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
It really does not matter how old a person is, I have successfully taught 4 year olds and 60+ to play the piano and every age in between.
Some folks grew up where their parents could not afford lessons or even a piano. Now you can enjoy playing music today! Usually when adults decide to muster up the courage to have their first lesson and they realize it's not that hard to learn how to play, they fall in love with making music and playing the piano.
So what are you waiting for? Call today and find out how easy it is to start and fulfill your life's dream....playing the piano for your own enjoyment.
If you need help buying a piano or keyboard, we offer free advice to anyone who calls.
Thursday, December 11, 2008
When parents were in charge and they made the decisions - not the kids.
I am amazed how many parents allow the kids to be in charge today and make decisions. Being the eldest of 5 kids, raised on the East Coast, and now with over 30 years teaching experience under my belt, I am disappointed when I run into a teaching situation where I have to terminate the relationship - because the parents are not in charge. I love teaching kids but if the parents are not on the same page as myself, it is time to move on.
Humorously I have often said that if children were left up to their devices, they would eat chocolate bom boms, watch TV and play computer games. Where was the turning point in our society where parents became more worried about being a child's 'friend' rather than be their parent.
I am grateful that the wonderful parents who employ me , some for as many as 8 years consecutive and each family has gone through several funnels to get me to stay as their teacher. Anyone can write a check but it takes a real live parent, in charge to help a child along the journey of taking lessons and be committed to help a child progress. This sometimes means that a parent will sit periodically and monitor what a child is doing and making sure a child gets their lesson fully prepared for their next lesson.
We live in a day and age of supposed entitlement - where people believe they have the right to say or whatever they want - and the fact that they have money gives them the right to hire and fire folks with no respect or regard for the professional and individual.
About once a year I come across folks who think they can still hire slaves....that lasts about two minutes with me...this is why I post an elaborate website and a blog because if parents do not like what I say here in this informational environment, it is not even worth booking a first appointment.
However, if a parent likes and agrees to my philosophy of not only teaching music, but they happen to a be a good parent, this is beginning of a wonderful relationship that will last for years.
Best wishes, Art Scott musicbyartscott.com (949) 454-1221