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Is My Child Ready for Piano Lessons?
Although the Kelly Kirby Program was initially designed for children ages 4-8, over the years teachers who have used the program extensively have found that the ages indicated are merely guidelines.  The child’s maturity level, ability to focus and concentrate and the parent’s ability to organize and maintain a regular practice routine all play a part in deciding whether a child is ‘ready’ or not.  Some teachers have started children as young as 3 years of age, while others prefer to wait until they are more independent and closer to beginning school.  This is something that each individual teacher will access at their own studio level.  In addition, many teachers have ‘adapted’ the program and used it for students right up to 11 or 12 years of age, as they firmly believe that regardless of age, the program foundations are so strong that they cannot be rivaled by any other method of instruction.
How to Support Your Child's Success
When first enquiring about lessons, many parents express concern about the fact that “they do not know how to play the piano themselves”……and here is where the Kelly Kirby method SHINES!  It is so simplistic in its approach that with simple weekly guidance from your child’s teacher, you will be able to assist your child when necessary…even though the foundation of the program is to create independent learners.

The greatest support a parent can provide is:

  • provide a proper instrument for your child to learn on.  Although there may be reluctance to purchase an acoustic piano for a beginning student, remember that the key to their success and the way to prevent frustration on your child’s part, is to provide them with an instrument that will support their learning and technic.  A free-standing electric keyboard will serve the purpose for a few months, but the key to success is having an actual acoustic piano that replicates the experience they are having at their weekly lesson.
  • organize a consistent daily practice routine and stick to it!  In the beginning of this program, practice times need not be lengthy, however the key words  are “consistent and daily”.  When children return to their next lesson prepared and secure, their attitude, self esteem and ability to benefit from the next lesson vastly improve!
  • Support your teacher’s recommendations when they encourage your child to participate in studio recitals, festivals and other musical events.  Music is about sharing and these experiences give them the opportunity to share what they have learning with their family and friends.  It also teaches them how to ‘present’ themselves to the public and will enable them to be confident at school when giving oral presentations, participating in debates or other public speaking opportunities.

 

Make music a way of life for your child!  Thirty minutes once a week will not create a student who recognizes and understands good music, who has an appreciation for the passion behind the writings of many of the famous composers, or give them the insight required to play more advanced music with understanding, feeling and emotion.  Many symphony orchestras in large cities include children’s concerts in their annual programming.  Think about making these part of your child’s musical experience!  Encourage them to listen to classical music in the car while travelling or play soft classical music for them when they are falling asleep.  All of things build an appreciation for music and the desire for them to want to continue to learn as they grow older!