There are numerous reasons why one would want to play the piano. Through working together, the student and teacher can outline the goals and objectives to be accomplished through weekly lessons. Each student has special gifts, talents, skills and abilities to be enlightened, enhanced, excelled and expanded. Lesson plans are designed to bring out the best in each student.
Personal relationships are built to help a student feel comfortable, feel free to express themselves through their music lessons, as well as asking questions and expressing concerns throughout the lessons. It is often said that "the way a person interacts at the piano is the way they interact in life". For instance, if you are quiet and reserved, then chances are you will play the piano the same. Playing faster and louder pieces of music, playing fun songs that have an emotional attachment, plus performing in recitals, can all assist in being more confident and assertive in life. I once had a student who was often upset that he wasn't ready for his lesson because dad didn't have time to help him. We worked on how he could practice on his own which led to more confidence and independence. Before long, he was always prepared for his lesson!!
So many stories can be told about the results of being a piano student as well as the blessing of being the teacher. After many years of teaching, it's still exciting to work with each student to assist them to excel in each special area of interest and talent.