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7 year old wants to stop piano lessons

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BonApp Sun 13-Jan-19 16:03:55

She begged me to start lessons about 15 months ago, and I’d started at about the same age so was keen to encourage it.

She seems happy enough in the lessons, but is practicing is a chore and often I have to bribe her and sit with her and it’s never that much fun for either of us tbh. Occasionally we’ll have a good practice and she seems to be boosted by it but it’s still a bit of a faff to get her to actually practice. I’d say she practices once or twice a week max.

She’s saying she wants to stop. I think it’s because when she finds it hard, she doesn’t like pushing through. She’s used to things coming easily to her, and her teachers at school have said she needs to learn perseverance and I totally get that because I was the same!!!

She likes her teacher, she likes playing pieces she’s comfortable with but when it comes to trying and putting in the effort she wants to give up.

I don’t know what to do. I don’t want her to think she can give up, yet I don’t want to force her. I was allowed to give up and really wish I’d had someone pushing me to carry on. I want to help her learn to persevere. Her little face lights up when she cracks it, but it’s such a battle to get to that point.

Anyone been in a similar situation??

Xiaoxiong Tue 15-Jan-19 09:11:07

DS1 is the same age and piano really "clicked" for him when we showed him he could play theme songs for Harry Potter, Star Wars, Jurassic Park etc on the piano. Now he is trying to play the piano all the flipping time and trying to add in the left hand and stuff, and doesn't seem to mind practising all of a sudden. Could you try to pique her interest with some tunes she likes?

BonApp Tue 15-Jan-19 10:33:16

Her first teacher at school here was quick to point out that she needs to work on perseverance. And I have frequently reflected that it’s something I am lacking myself so would love to help her through this!

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