Will fooling around lead to real playing?

February 10, 2008 6:07pm CST
My daughter loves to "play" our piano. Now I use the term "play" very loosely. She can make a horrible racket on it. Sometimes it's a little bit more than I can bear. I don't have the heart to tell her to stop playing though because I can't help but think that it might lead to her actually wanting to learn to "play" for real. Any thoughts?
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@brothertuck (1257)
• United States
11 Feb 08
If she enjoys "playing" then try to see if she can learn to really play. Pick a children's song and see if she can learn to play that. If she likes that then pick another. If she still wants to go further then look to a teacher to guide her further. Don't push her to be a child prodigy, just allow her to have fun and see where it goes.
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• Canada
11 Feb 08
Thanks for the ideas! I guess it's hard not to push our kids too hard to be successful. I just want her to enjoy life.
@Tam_Tam (23)
• South Africa
26 Jul 08
When I was little, I also drove my parents crazy by banging on their piano. I guess when a child pays a lot of attention to something it might be their way of saying that they are interested. Try to take your child for piano lessons. That's what my parents did and today I am a professional pianist - I dont regret it for a second. Studies have shown that musicians are also better with their school work, specially maths, because the RH side of their brains are more stimulated than normal children. From the age of 6-7 is the most critical age to take your child for piano lessons, because that's when they learn the quickest. To be honest, just "playing" around on the piano, won't lead to real playing, as there is so much to piano playing than people think: there are trillions types of techniques, and every one tells a different story. So, try the lessons. If you see after a few years that her interest didn't really develop, then at least you can't say that you've let a possible opportunity pass by. Hope this helps ;-)
@Pigglies (9339)
• United States
14 Feb 08
It depends. All of my cousins loved to bang on the piano and make noise on it. I would sit and pick out melodies by ear (keep in mind I was 8, if your daughter is the one in your avatar, she looks significantly younger). Now I play piano (not exceptionally well though, just for fun) and a bunch of other instruments (most at levels better than the piano). None of my cousins really play anything. One tried learning violin for awhile and it was a horrible racket. She ended up breaking the instrument. But if you want to see if this piano "playing" leads to anything without driving yourself insane, try getting an inexpensive electric keyboard that will hook up to earphones. Then she can play and you won't hear it.