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Thursday, January 21, 2010


I Hear Music

Both kids started piano lessons today.

The past few days have seen me worrying if we would get our money's worth out of this expensive undertaking.

Very expensive.

Like, the equivalent of a monthly car payment.

I was wondering if either of my kids would take to the piano in a way that would quell the pain in my checkbook.

My goal is not to make concert pianists out of them. Rather, I want them to have a musical skill that gives a certain amount of satisfaction and confidence.

It's one more piece of my diabolical parenting plan to create well-rounded adults.

But first they had to begin the lessons, which they did this afternoon.

I'm happy to say there is hope. Each kid listened intently to the teacher, followed directions, and even made some semi-pleasing sounds come out of the piano.

Daily practice of 15 minutes will be a part of our lesson plans from now on.

I hear music in our future.


Blogger Dan said...

f they keep with it they will be so glad of the skill when they are adults.

Good call phil.

You can always sell it again too :)

4:00 AM  
Blogger Idaho Dad said...

Oh, I meant that the lessons were expensive. The piano we've had for a few years.

But the lessons... Oh my!

4:24 AM  
OpenID joyceandnorm said...

I never got lessons as a kid because of that reason, but luckily my husband got free lessons from his aunt for 12 years and he plays all sorts of other instruments too, so hopefully our kids will pick up on something. 15 minutes each day would be great for long as you don't go all June's-mom-on-Joy-Luck-Club on them. Almost everyone I know that has had piano lessons when they were a kid are glad that they got them even if it was a chore...or a bore when it was actually going on.

5:35 AM  
Anonymous Jeff @BecomingABetterDad said...

Our two oldest recently started taking lessons and I had some of the same struggles that you wrote about. But I'm happy to say that there is music in our house as well. There are still days when they don't want to practice and we have to remind them that they will thank us someday.

Good call!

6:20 AM  
Anonymous OM said...

I think you're right. Playing an instrument exposes you to a whole new world, where you express things through music. With piano, you also express yourself by the way you play. Good luck.

11:51 AM  
Blogger brettdl said...

I bought my kids a toy piano. Seth is teaching himself to play. Need to find lessons and the money to pay for them. oy.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Out of curioity, what is the going rate for a half-hour piano lesson these days??

Make practicing a game. "Who wants to practice first today?" The other child can then do homework at the same time. This tactic will work until the kids find out your logic in "making" them practice.

4:21 PM  
Blogger James (SeattleDad) said...

It could be worse. It could be the drums.

8:00 PM  
Blogger Idaho Dad said...

So far, their practices are a competition. As for the going-rate for half-hour piano lessons these days? It's around $20. You do the math on that.

2:40 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

I totally agree on that music is essential. Here the kids learn to play and read music in school by playing the flute thingy, can't get the name now and even the primary schools have bands, very clever and apparently it helps with maths too.

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Evan said...

I think it's great that your children are showing a fair interest in music. I mean, it sure beats the internet and gaming. I'm not against the gaming industry and the internet, but it's best that they go for something as scholarly as the piano piano music rather than being exposed to the reality of violence and sex that is the internet.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

I've got three in piano lessons. Quite possibly the most frustrating endeavor as a parent to date is keeping the kids interested.

Oh, they have fun with it--but loathe practice.

The rewards are when you get to watch them perform at their recitals. Talk about proud dad moments.

7:02 PM  

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