Piano teachers can help parents by introducing the idea of the family music curriculum. Talk about it with parents.
Parents may need to be reminded that the school curriculum is mandated by state government, but that does not mean it is the best curriculum for every child.
One of the biggest challenges parents face is how to respond when a child loses interest in playing the piano. It is most often that the parent is unprepared for this situation. I have heard it said many times, “We didn’t want to force our child to continue to play.”
A piano teacher can help by establishing a different perspective for the parent.
I ask parents, “If your son came home and said he really wasn’t interested in math, would you let him quit? If he came home and said, ‘Mom, this whole thing about grammar class – it’s just not working for me…’, would you let him quit?”
Of course not. So the proper response to a child who says, “I don’t want to play piano any more,” is to say, “Fine, what instrument would you like to play?”
Not playing an instrument simply isn’t an option in a family music curriculum which states, “Music education is just as important as math, reading and writing. In our house, it is a core curriculum subject.”
A parent who thinks about this before a student objects to continuing music education is more likely to be able to manage the objections and redirect the student into some other area of music instruction.
The piano teacher who helps parents think about these things before the student’s interest wanes, will increase the retention rate of piano students.