What I've Learned From Teaching Children Piano
Dedicated to All The Little Fingers That Have Played Upon My Piano
I recently celebrated my 45th year as a piano teacher...and I'm still going. Teaching is my passion. I care about each of my students. I take my job seriously. A child's introduction to music cast a major influence on them for the rest of their lives. Whether they are beginners or masters of the pianoforte, each one finds their way to my heart.
Children are very special. They come to me with a beautiful innocence and trust. To think that these little minds and hands will be molded by me is humbling. Their level of self-esteem must grow with each lesson. I make sure it does. The guidance that I provide for them is filled with praise for each effort. Criticism is not part of my teaching plan. Instead, I creatively guide each one to correction, gently and patiently.
My poem is a dedication and appreciation for all the years of pure joy that has come my way through teaching piano.
I thank you all.
I Teach Because I Love Music and People
Little Fingers of Love
Little fingers at the piano exploring musical sounds
Eager to learn and ready to play, with a joy which knows no bounds
Little eyes so wide with wonder waiting for a song
A simple little melody to last their whole life long
Little ears that listen to every word I say
And for just a moment, I feel like a queen for a day
Little lips that count out loud to get the rhythm right
And ‘though it isn’t easy, they try with all their might
Little hearts so pure and sweet in every girl and boy
Beat to the music all your life and bring you peace and joy
A time will come when I'll not be a teacher and friend
But remember this, and never forget, I'll love you to the end
Thank you for the little fingers, little eyes and ears
Little lips and little hearts to give me joy for years
Little thank you’s from my heart for all you’ve taught me too
Little lessons to be learned and all because of you
Little ones, this is my way, of letting you all know
Your music is a part of me wherever I will go
Little faces stay with me in every star above
Always to remember, you’ve filled my heart with love
Little Lessons I Have Learned
Children have the wonderful ability to find joy all around them. Even the most non-significant thing can become interesting and playful through a child's imagination. They are willing and ready to try new things.
I've had the privilege and joy of learning from these precious children through teaching piano and voice. These are a few little lessons I have learned:
- Remember to laugh every day.
- Play outside when weather permits.
- Don't be afraid to try new things.
- Love yourself unconditionally.
- Learn to find wonder in small things.
- Forgive yourself and others.
- It's okay to openly express myself.
- Pay attention to my needs.
- Try new things and experiences.
- Be curious and ask more questions.
- Do what makes you happy.
- Learn something new each day.
- Be Brave. If you fail, try again. If you fall, get back up with even more determination.
My inner child knows how perfect she is. I hold this child close to my heart and tell her how much I love her.” ~ Louise Hay
Never to Old to Live Your Dream
As We Teach Others, They Teach Us
So often, we show gratitude, as parents, to those teachers who dedicate their lives teaching children. And we should. They put in hours of preparation, studying, and planning. They show up, rain or shine, day after day, to a classroom full of faces, from every type of background.
And we should be grateful. They more than earn every underpaid dollar they make.
My background includes years of teaching music in classrooms although my students ranged from ages 17 to 90. The photo above shows Phyllis, age 90, and I enjoying a piano lesson together. This lady is as sharp as they come.
It's mostly through teaching that I have gleaned knowledge and some of life's most important lessons.
We are all teachers to some degree. Whether we are parents, siblings, mentors, teachers or otherwise. We have an opportunity to teach every day. We can even teach by example and in fact many times this is the best way to get a lesson across.
As we teach other people, we are also learning. Oftentimes, the learning process is so automatic, we fail to realize that we are, indeed, learning and growing.
Children are far smarter than we realize. Their brains are more active then they will ever be again. They discover and then they master what they discover.
Children need to feel love. They do this through the way they are touched, through a glance and hearing the words "I love you." Spending quality time with a child reassures them that they are important to you.
When we are open to the possibility of learning from others, regardless of the age, many of our own questions are answered. Our brains are stimulated as we assemble new knowledge. Often what we learn isn't new, first-time knowledge, it's a gentle reminder of what we already know but have failed to remember.
I'm forever grateful for every little lesson I've learned from others, especially those young, eager, little ones, eager to play my piano.
Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.
Henry Brooks Adams
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© 2010 Audrey Hunt