Why we pay more for piano lessons

April 30, 2006

I’m sitting here outside my daughters’ “studio class,” which is like a practice piano recital performed for the other students. After an older student finished, the teacher gave his critique:

“It’s not that you made a mistake; mistakes happen. But when you made the mistake, you became flustered. For the next few measures, all the notes were right but the music was gone. Get beyond the mistake. Music is not like painting. In painting, if you make a mistake, it’s there forever. But in music, if you make a mistake, we forget about it because we are looking forward to what is coming next.”

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

5 responses to Why we pay more for piano lessons

  1. Totally worth the extra moolah.

  2. good theology here…

  3. I can totally hear Sam saying all that. Are you still with the same piano teachers? Jason and I both enjoyed taking lessons from Yvonne. I remember being allowed to watch Jason’s first studio class. Some of the older students really were amazing.

  4. Yup, that’s Sam! Yvonne teaches our girls.

  5. I have this fabulous piano teacher. My 7 and 8 years old kids totally love her.
    They used to have another teacher, but after 6 months, they all want to quit. She’s a great pianist, but not so good as teacher.
    Ms Nancy is totally worth her weight in gold.