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 - Thursday 5/19/05 - 7:28:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
*chopping, then burning old piano* Me and my sister were...
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 5/19/05 - 10:45:56 PM EST (GMT-5)
NO! I was forced into piano. I love being able to play now... but I couldn't stand evil bitch piano lady
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 5/19/05 - 10:52:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. I think a child should have the opportunity to get lessons if they want, or just teach themselves if they want, but forcing it on them is stupid.

I was never forced to play an instrument - and in the past year I've taken up/tried to play/taught myself several of them.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 5/20/05 - 9:00:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
I don't know, I hated swimming lessons, which I was forced to take, but I'm glad that I can swim. I think it was one of the things that my parents did right even though I wanted to quit at the time. I think the child's interests might be best served in the long run if the child is pushed a little into some things because they'll have those skills forever.

But for a nonessential thing like piano, if you force them into you might spoil it. So I probably wouldn't. But I'd definitely try to apply all manner of persuasion to get them to, because I think piano playing is terrific mental exercise. I'm trying to learn it now, and I wish my parents HAD forced me to learn it.

17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Saturday 5/21/05 - 2:13:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
no!!! mabey you should let try a differant insturment at least and if they don't want to then oh well try sports or anything untill you find somthing that they like
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Sunday 5/22/05 - 12:26:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
I would. This friend of mine busted out the most absurdly beautiful original piece on the piano that had to have come from years of training, reaffirming for me that children need consistent persistent direction. Guaranteed they or someone they know will thank you later.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Monday 5/23/05 - 3:44:19 PM EST (GMT-5)
yes i am going to force my child to have crazy hair (moecans, red) and play guitar and drums, and skate board, and just be a bit of a freak
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 5/25/05 - 2:45:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
not force, but definitely strongly suggest. it's something i never did as a kid and i regret it
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 5/25/05 - 2:53:17 AM EST (GMT-5)
Why the hell would you force your kid to do something.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 5/25/05 - 2:58:10 AM EST (GMT-5)
I don't believe in forcing your child to do any recreational activity. I think they need to find what they enjoy doing and do it. I mean, it's fine to encourage them to do something. And if they choose to do something like play the piano, I would make them practice or if they refused, I'd tell them they'd have to give up the piano. But I wouldn't force my children into an activity that they didn't want to participate in.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Wednesday 5/25/05 - 5:24:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
i WISH my parents had've forced me to play piano. i'd love to know how to...
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Thursday 5/26/05 - 2:35:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
i wouldn't force anyone to play an instrument they didn't want to.
17 yrs ago - Saturday 7/30/05 - 11:56:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
a bit of persuasion wouldn't hurt, I had free reign when I was little and chose nothing but hanging around with friends and computer games. I could have had some great experiences if my parents had offered me a deal and tried a bit harder to get me into the scouts or something.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 7/31/05 - 12:29:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
Sure, and you should beat them too.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 7/31/05 - 1:32:22 AM EST (GMT-5)
HELL NO! they can if they wish to.
17 yrs ago - Sunday 7/31/05 - 1:37:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
my mom forced me to play and with my begging she allowed me to quit. now i wish i could still play. with some things i would force my kid to do like staying in school or take up an instrament. enrichment-like activitie. but on religion--the kid has that choice
17 yrs ago - Sunday 7/31/05 - 1:39:20 AM EST (GMT-5)
I wish my parents had forced me to play the piano, chicks dig that...
17 yrs ago - Sunday 7/31/05 - 1:46:07 AM EST (GMT-5)
its very sexy
17 yrs ago - Sunday 7/31/05 - 11:09:50 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I wouldn't want to be forced to do anything...
17 yrs ago - Monday 8/8/05 - 1:51:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
only if they want to.
16 yrs ago, 11 mos ago - Friday 8/26/05 - 12:49:49 PM EST (GMT-5)
my parents put my siblings and i into paino lessions and if we wanted to quite than we could.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 12/21/05 - 2:52:25 AM EST (GMT-5)
I suffer from migraines- absolutely not.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 12/21/05 - 2:54:29 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, but I wish my parents would have given me the opportunity.
16 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Wednesday 12/21/05 - 2:58:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
On 5/13/2005 11:31:22 PM pamplemousse wrote:
No, I'd give them a choice. Piano or execution.

#16!

Nah, I wouldn't do that. Possibly. Maybe. Yes.

14 yrs ago, 7 mos ago - Thursday 1/3/08 - 6:50:03 PM EST (GMT-5)
Not against their will, no.

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