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Piano prodigy

A couple of the 9 year old's class mates have stated playing the piano over the last term. Finn started playing privately, a term earlier. So naturally, I expected his musical virtuosity to shine through.

Disappointingly, his class mates seem to be a little better. Maybe it's down to the teacher, or my lack of musical ability in comparing them. Or maybe it's because his class mates practice more.

It was the catalyst for a daddy tantrum, which fortunately happened out of ear shot of the nine year old. How can our nine year old be so content to be second fiddle? Why does he never drive himself to excel, only to do the minimum? How can I change this?

Why does it matter?

I have personally known some brilliant and passionate pianists. Behind the genius and gloss of a performance is often a financial struggle that would make child rearing difficult, but that's not the point.

It matters because being able to become really good at something difficult through practice and perseverance is a life skill that can make a difference to success in later life.

So what to do about it? Ideally self motivation would be enough, but in the real world, parental pressure will suffice.

Posted on 2015-01-03 17:12:16

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