I received this message from a mother this week…

“I’m looking for a piano teacher for my 8-year-old son. He has passed AMEB preliminary exam a few months ago but has started not to like piano…”

I suspect this boy is not liking piano because he has been required to spend at least 12 months perfecting 4 main pieces for his examination. This means playing them over and over and over and over again until there are no wrong notes and they are acceptable for an examiner to tell him that, yes, he is musical. 

Well, sorry, we don’t need anyone to tell us we are musical.

We are human, therefore we have the ability to express ourselves musically.

It flabbergasts me that we are still examining children, in this day and age, to determine whether they are ‘cut out’ or ‘good enough’ to play a musical instrument. That, in fact, is the message we are communicating to them by grading their musicality. We don’t grade people on how they speak so why on earth are we judging children on how they play. 

Both outlets should be a natural extension and expression of who they are.

For goodness sake just let them PLAY!!! and

ENJOY themselves.

For a PLAYING based method, email joanne@rhythmandtunes.com.au with your best contact number and I will be in touch!

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