CONCENTRATION is that essential quality that allows a child to remember what he reads, hears and sees. Concentration is inner strength. Persistence. Attention to detail. Exercising the mind. Setting goals. Achieving Them. In studying piano, a child learns to read two lines of music, use both ears, both arms, fingers, legs and feet, with the brain giving each organ a different assignment to perform simultaneously. No other activity allows a child to exercise all these skills in such a constructive manner.
COORDINATION Believe it or not, two-hand eye coordination, along with left hand independence, remains two of the most challenging tasks to pianists of all levels. My piano students struggle with these problems often, and I see the frustration they encountered every time their hands would not cooperate. I myself faced the same problems early on in my piano skills development.
CONFIDENCE Whatever your child plays during his practice time, may it be fool around with the keys or play the best piece yet, always remember to appreciate the effort exerted. This then will create a sense of fun and pride in your child’s piano playing. Praise all the efforts of your child in every aspect of his piano learning. If a music piece seems too difficult, try breaking it into various sections to drive your child away from frustration. Talk to your child and listen to all his concerns regarding every practice session and lesson learned.