I was listening to a concert pianist talk about how he hated to practice the piano when he was little, but his father forced him to play.  Then later he began to enjoy it.
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Should you force your kid to learn piano?
I was listening to a concert pianist talk about how he hated to practice the piano when he was little, but his father forced him to play. Then later he began to enjoy it.


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17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 5/13/05 - 11:43:17 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not force, but let them try if they show an intrest. I wish my parents had forced me to take piano lessons, I would love to play the piano.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 5/14/05 - 1:17:11 PM EST (GMT-5)
I started it, but my mother forced me to continue it a year longer than I would have liked
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 5/14/05 - 1:22:40 PM EST (GMT-5)
It turns out either good or bad if you force your kids to do something like that. I have many friends who were "forced" to learn an instrument when they were young, but they love it now. But some people avoid music because they were forced to take lessons or whatever, and it was a bad experience for them. I guess it depends on how much you respect your parents and how reasonable they come across getting you to learn an instrument.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 5/14/05 - 5:30:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
I was forced to take piano lessons as a small child. This led me to hate the piano and quit whenever I became old enough to say I no longer wanted to without fearing the consequences. I still hate the piano. Don't force your children to do something they seriously dislike.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 5/14/05 - 5:30:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
no - they should be given the choice
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 5/14/05 - 5:33:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
no, you shouldnt force your child to do anything. If you feel the need for a goal to be achieved, do it yourself
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 5/14/05 - 7:07:32 PM EST (GMT-5)
Why does everyone assume piano lessons are so unpleasant?
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 5/14/05 - 7:37:34 PM EST (GMT-5)
no
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 5/14/05 - 11:32:52 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think pianos are one of the more boring instruments. I mean, EVERYONE plays them!! I played clarinet, but I hated that too. I just wanted some extra-curricular activities.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 5/15/05 - 2:24:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
I hate playing instruments for some reason. I was forced to play the organ, which I quit. Then I was again forced to take on piano, which I again quit. So, no, definitely no forcing.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 5/15/05 - 12:01:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
My parents forced me to learn the piano, and I hated it...but now I like it. Herdakirin, the piano is one of the hardest instruments to play. Appreciate it?!
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 5/15/05 - 1:40:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
I had lessons when I was about 8, but I gave up after a while. Now I wish my parents had made me keep it up, because when I do feel like playing (I can still play to a fair degree), I'm annoyed that I can't do anything more than relatively easy pieces.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 5/15/05 - 1:58:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
It would be great if children could make decisions for themselves as to what's best for them, but they aren't capable of choosing well in many cases. Learning any musical instrument is a way to implement discipline.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 5/16/05 - 9:02:40 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would like my kids to learn an instrument but I wouldnt like to force them I'd let them pick
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 5/16/05 - 9:03:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
No but I do think that you should encourage your children to stick with the hobbies that they already enjoy.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 5/16/05 - 9:33:37 AM EST (GMT-5)
no way! but guitar, yes!
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 5/16/05 - 3:01:58 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, NO NO NO!!! THATS DUMB!!! they should only play if they have interest in it.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 5/16/05 - 3:15:29 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, it'd make them hate what they could learn to love on their own.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 5/16/05 - 3:20:36 PM EST (GMT-5)
I wouldn't force them to start taking lessons, but I would 'strongly encourage' them not to quit when they start grumbling about how difficult it turned out to be. If they felt strongly about wanting to quit after they reached a certain level, I would be OK with that.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 5/17/05 - 12:12:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, I wouldn't force them to play. I don't think that would accomplish anything.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Tuesday 5/17/05 - 12:28:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
Nah, it's fun but it shouldn't be forced. I think at some point kids get interested in learning how to make music. I banged on pots for hours on end, and the piano fit right in.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 5/18/05 - 6:53:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would never force my kids to do anything.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 5/18/05 - 11:39:53 AM EST (GMT-5)
"I would never force my kids to do anything."
Good luck with that--I bet your opinion will change when you are up until 3am every night instead of forcing them to go to bed...

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 5/19/05 - 2:05:43 PM EST (GMT-5)
no...i won't force them to do anything...in fact ill let them do anything...i want them to be free to do anything
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 5/19/05 - 2:07:10 PM EST (GMT-5)
On 5/19/2005 2:05:44 PM Piink89 wrote:
no...i won't force them to do anything...in fact ill let them do anything...i want them to be free to do anything

God help us all...

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