A question for those of you who teach music or have children who take music lessons…
My children (age 8) have been taking piano lessons since the fall of 2011. They practice a little bit most days. I didn’t require a certain amount of practice and they never complained about practice or lessons. They typically do not practice a long time…5-10 min. at a time. Their teacher said the goal is 80 minutes/week. They come and go at the piano; play in little bursts throughout the day. Recently they do not want to practice at all and have been asking to quit piano. I would really like them to continue but am wondering if I should just let them quit. Maybe the fact that I didn’t push practicing enough caused the problem. But now that they do not want to play, pushing practice causes crying, etc.
Since December they have been playing recorder at school and love it. Their school music teacher said they are playing songs that are typically played by her upper EL students. (They are allowed to ‘test’ weekly on songs they feel they have mastered and then continue forward at their own pace. They enjoy the challenge.) They practice recorder daily without any prompting from me. They stopped enjoying piano shortly after they started playing recorder. I think the recorder is less work for them and more fun. Maybe recorder is enough for now and they can take up piano again later? I am afraid once they stop they will never go back to piano.
Their piano teacher does not teach during the summer months, she also takes a month break at Christmas, and a few weeks at spring break. I think all the interruptions in lessons also play a part in their frustration. It seems as though they start to improve and get excited, then there is a break. (They will have similar breaks with their recorder teacher.) I am considering finding a new piano teacher for summer giving us options in the fall to stay with the new ‘summer teacher’, return to the current teacher, or quit.