Playing the piano has always appealed to you, and now you’re finally ready to give it a whirl. Or maybe your kid is begging to take lessons. It’s difficult to pull the trigger though because you’re wondering if you have (or your child has) the talent or teachability to play, and whether the investment in an instrument and piano classes are worth it.
How Can You Tell If You Have the Talent or Teachability to Play the Piano?
According to teVelde Schools of Music, you may notice signs of musical talent in your child (or yourself). Displaying just 1 or 2 of these signs can indicate musical inclination, whereas displaying several of them could mean he’s ‘exceptionally gifted’.
- Singing or humming constantly
- Listening to a favorite (or same) song over and over
- Getting songs ‘stuck’ in the head
- Constantly tapping fingers
- Asking to take piano classes or drawing pictures of an instrument
- Figuring out tunes by ear, without written music
- Having relatives who play or sing, especially by ear
But even if a child shows musical talent, she may not necessarily be ready to learn an instrument, and if you force the issue, she may get frustrated and grow to resent you and the instrument.
That’s why you also want to take in the ‘teachability’ of your child, or yourself, if you’re interested in learning to play.
If you’ve done some research, you may have learned that there is a ‘teachability index’ to measure how easily you will learn a new skill. This index takes into consideration two main factors: your willingness to learn and your willingness to accept change.
The more willing you are to learn and to accept change, the more teachable you will be. If your index scores low right now, you can work to raise it by:
- Visualizing—imagine yourself playing your favorite song. Who are you playing it for and how are you playing? There is no right answer, but if you can visualize yourself doing it, you will be more likely to do it!
- Finding motivation—determine what will motivate you. Is it your vision, a goal or your kids?
- Find at least 10 minutes each day you can practice. Think about 10 minutes of time spent unproductively in your day, and plan to replace that with playing your piano.
So while talent will make learning to play easier, you need to have some teachability, or desire to learn, too.
Find Piano Classes That Can Teach Anyone to Play
Of course, younger kids can learn to play the piano, but one-on-one lessons will likely be more effective for them.
At Lacefield Music, we are confident that we can teach anyone (age 16 or over) to play in as little as 2 months, through our specially designed group piano classes.
In these classes, you will learn with students of the same skill level who are also pursuing your dream of learning to play the piano. Everyone gets their own piano during the class, and you get the motivation, encouragement and confidence that come from having classmates!
In our level 1 class, you will learn to read music and play both right and left hands in just 8 weeks! And you can keep progressing as long as you want through 6 levels or coursework.
Whether you have inborn talent or a little teachability, Lacefield Music aims to keep you motivated and inspired to get the most out of your precious piano and new piano playing skill!