This will be a post for another day, but I just finished reading the book "Grit" (by Angela Duckworth) for the second time. If you haven't read this book, YOU NEED TO.
Part of what Duckworth proposes in her book is that work shouldn't be viewed as a means to a more rewarding end, but work is an end in and of itself. And she further proposes that we should be instilling this principle in children from a very young age.
Couldn't agree more! While I love creating fun piano lessons, I am perhaps more interested in instilling the life skills of hard work and diligence in my students. Piano practice is a wonderful medium through which to learn these qualities, and I am convinced that children are far more capable of diligent practice and work ethic than we give them credit for. They are at a point in their lives when their brains and muscles and attitude are growing and being shaped every day - what a perfect time for them to flex those muscles of hard work and discipline.
I just found a post on Teach Piano Today that has some great ideas for helping piano parents and students alike get their mind set in the right place for enjoying the work associated with piano lessons!
Michal Grace Harris
Piano Teacher & Accompanist