There are multiple studies showing us that learning an instrument at an early age helps improve the brain. That sounds like good news if you’re a parent trying to enroll your kids into lessons. But what if your kids find out that they don’t want to continue or don’t want to start in the first place?
I’m not a parent but I’ve definitely experienced the ups and downs of taking music lessons.
Before I started my lessons, I had my mom rant about how she regretted not taking piano. It worked. I consented and I took the offered lessons. Simple as that.
The first year or so, everything was going well and it was enjoyable. As the 2nd to 3rd year came up, things started to get harder and I realized that I needed to put in real effort.
I persevered and moved along but it was during this time I wanted to quit. I was annoyed, impatient, and lazy. Fortunately, my teacher was decent and that was a minor issue. At least I should’ve been thankful for my teacher but I clearly didn’t feel that way.
So my mom stepped in and encouraged me to continue. I sometimes complained and argued but that didn’t get me anywhere. There was only one choice and that was to continue with the lessons.
As I look back, I don’t think I had a choice to quit. On the other hand, I don’t really regret it. It ultimately paid off and I’m content with my progress. Now, I can help other students with piano by teaching them. Which is what I’m doing now.
As you see, this is only my story and I understand the other issues concerning bad teachers, financial issues, and so on. But in the future, I hope to help others who have similar problems.
The main question is if we should “force” children to take some form of music lesson.
There are lots of answers to that question and it’s a question that has been haunting parents for quite a long time. Unfortunately, I can’t give you a clear answer because my experience may be different than yours.
Did you have any issues when YOU had your music lessons? Let me know.