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Old 01-13-2018, 09:31 AM
 
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You also have to consider the child's attention span, and age. A half hour is just right for a 7 year old. 45 minutes for a dedicated ten year old. An hour for a 13 year old who is really into it.

What is far, far more important is that the child PRACTICE, with a parent sitting with them, helping them focus, until they are older, probably about 12 or 13, and self-motivated. A young child should practice for a half hour twice a day. As they get older, the practice sessions should increase accordingly, so that a young teen who is into it should practice for an hour twice a day.

Realize that your child will most likely move on to other interests - and that's okay. They learned how to read music, the complex independent finger coordination required by piano helped their brain to mature, they learned how to concentrate and work hard at something.

And yes, the one on one human interaction with a good teacher is very important. Also, the teacher who is right for a 7 year old beginner may not be the right one for a teen.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:43 AM
 
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Realize that your child will most likely move on to other interests - and that's okay. They learned how to read music, the complex independent finger coordination required by piano helped their brain to mature, they learned how to concentrate and work hard at something..
This. I took piano lessons for 5 years then moved on to other things. My mom was disappointed by I had already learned to play the piano, learned to read music and I wasn't going to be a concert pianist. Music lessons are good for the brain.
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Udemy offers online piano lessons for a low price (or so they claim in their ads).
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