Why do we sign up for piano lessons? Why do you want your son/daughter to take piano lessons? There are many benefits and/or values that are acquired through music study, and we can certainly hear about the obvious ones often enough. I believe that one of the most important life values that piano lessons help us learn is the discipline of COMMITMENT.
Life value comes at a price
I’m sure that most of us can look back at our life and agree that the experiences that have enriched our life have not come about in the easiest of ways. I dare say that if those same experiences did not come accompanied by some degree of temporary discomfort, then we probably wouldn’t value them as much. It’s only because there was a battle that we know what victory is, and so you must be aware that to learn/teach commitment you will run into some sort of discomfort and sometimes even a battle.
The battle of long-term commitments
As adults, we are aware that life will present us with very important commitment-testers; a job, a friendship, and marriage are a few examples of commitments that cannot be easily disregarded due to how we feel at a particular moment in time. However, we do understand that it is completely normal, and actually expect, to want to “quit” these commitments from time to time. No one gets an award or trophy for a great START. The marathon winner is praised because he FINISHED the race.
“I want to quit” is a golden opportunity
If you haven’t heard, “I don’t want to do piano anymore,” or if you yourself haven’t gone through a period of the same feeling, then let me inform you that it is only a matter of time; IT’S NORMAL and part of the “long-term commitment” package. When that moment shows up quickly SEIZE the golden opportunity to teach the value of commitment. Get creative and find ways to help the student battle through the inevitable moment of discouragement. Remember, it’s only if we do not grow weary and faint that we can experience the VICTORY AFTER THE BATTLE.
I’d love to hear any experience you might have gone through in regards to this subject. Would you take a moment and write a comment about it?