I didn’t realize it would be this difficult.
I recently began searching for a new piano teacher for our daughters. Sadly for us, the one who has given them such a wonderful start in learning to play is relocating to another part of the country.
As I seek just the right person to fill this position, I am praying for wisdom. My husband and I strongly desire that our girls develop this talent and use it for the Lord – in ministry; as a vocation if they wish; and simply for their own enjoyment.
Recently, I heard a speaker share a story in which he told his child the following: “Don’t just play the notes; make music.” What an inspiring thought – to let the music flow from inside of you and unleash itself on the keys.
Through the cd’s played in our home to the music coming from the radio, I want our children to develop a taste for good, wholesome, appropriate music that encourages and uplifts. From hymns to classical tunes to carefully selected traditional song forms, I want them to enjoy a variety of music. This involves teaching them about rhythms and beats as well as giving attention to the words, so that they might, as they grow, learn to select what is best.
With all of this to consider, finding just the right piano teacher to help me guide them becomes quite important.
How do you teach your children about music? Please share any resources you have for finding excellent music to play in your home.
Emily Fiore says
Just wondering what part of SC you live in, because I grew up in Charleston and I know many people in the area who would be great piano teachers or at least resources for you.
Crystal Roberts says
We are going to be looking for a teacher for our girls soon. Our oldest is 7 and really wants to learn. Sorry I have no helpful things to share, I could probably use some tips from you on this subject.
I so appreciate your offer of help! I have contacted a teacher that I think would be a good fit; I'm waiting to hear if she can take both of my daughters on the same day. If this doesn't work out, I'll definitely get back in touch with you!
I will definitely try to share some of our ideas on music in future posts. My girls have grown up with several of the Cedarmont Kids cd's as well as the Patch the Pirate musicals. I also try to play a variety of hymns, other Christian music (we have a number of cds from Christian college groups, quartets, etc.) as well as instrumentals, classical music and Disney classics such as the Mary Poppins soundtrack.
I think it's exciting that your seven-year-old is interested in learning to play. It definitely makes it easier when the child is enthusiastic about the piano from the beginning.
Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet says
I think music is very important and can help or hinder their Christian walk, as they grow. 😀 Both of my children are presently taking piano. Dd has been taking for 6 years and ds for over a year. It is a blessing to hear them play!
I think that is so cool your girls can play piano. I really never became a musical person. I just hope my daughter will have the opprotunity to learn an instrument. I think piano is beautiful! I hope you are able to find a great teacher for your girls! 🙂