Thursday, September 5, 2013

Don't Expect Anyone to Pay Attention to YOU!

If I were to sum up the goals of a proper upbringing in this era it would be the title of today's post.
It used to be: Children should be seen and not heard.   Then, Don't speak unless you're spoken to.  But now that no one is talking to anyone--we are too busy facebooking one another--an infant must already have the message loud and clear:  Don't bother to even have a reaction because no one is paying attention to you. 

Maybe that is the reason my style of piano teaching is so out-of-line:  I insist that listening to the student, no matter how young or how inept, is the beginning of all progress.