Many of you are just beginning the piano lesson journey as the parent teacher figure. Welcome, welcome. I promise you - it can be done, especially in the early years. You’re in for a great experience.
On the flip-side, I got a degree in music for a reason, and I believe that piano students need qualified accredited teachers. However, with the right guidance…and with some music background…committed parents with a can-do attitude CAN give their child a strong start or a necessary intervention.
There are lots of good reasons why it might be right for you to be your child’s piano teacher for a time – affordability, logistics, schedule conflicts, bad teachers, etc. To be completely honest, we’ve all known an accredited bad teacher that does everything but foster learning to help a student succeed, and it’s no secret that piano lessons aren’t $5 a pop anymore – (if they are, I’d be leery of the teacher).
For our family, it’s the way to go right now. The experience alone affords time together in an extra-curricular overload world, and despite popular belief, teaching your child piano can actually improve relationships. There are resources, and there are teachers (like me!) who want to help you.
Something I have discovered though is that commitment is everything - so if you want to take the plunge, think one word...COMMIT. Commit to making piano lessons a priority. Commit to a consistent schedule. Commit to setting goals & achieving them. Commit to NOT throwing a fit because your parent-self demands perfection. Commit to having fun and learning right along with your child.