For accountability, I marked the calendar for a 10-minute lesson each Friday afternoon; Genevieve calls it "turning the page" because we just turn a page a week.
I borrowed most of the books from a friend, a former piano teacher; I got the first three on amazon for about $20.
For the first few lessons, Genevieve was enthusiastic; now I am seeing that her learning style with me is fear of failure, so she can be reluctant to try a new step because it won't be perfect. She is supposed to practice her page every day, but, you know, it doesn't always happen.
(all photos on this post courtesy of my husband)
I applaud you for doing this yourself! That's what my original plan was with piano. It seemed silly to me to pay someone else when I could teach the basics. The problem was *I* could not stay motivated when their motivation lapsed, so we started going to lessons. Turns out, Sadie really loves her teacher. Her teacher motivates her in a way I wasn't able to, she is getting instruction from someone *other* than me (since we homeschool) and we get to *leave* the house. It's the flip of your situation :-) and it is working well for us. Side note: Sam has taught himself all of Sadie's songs and is now asking for lessons, so now we decide if we tack a lesson on for him or not.
These are such sweet photos! I love this! Would you believe that even though I homeschool, I am intimidated by the idea of teaching piano?! Strange but true, & I'm not sure why.
Aw, that second to last photo is so darn great!!! Well, they all are, but that one is my favorite. Good work (and how ambitious of you) to attempt instruction yourself. I couldn't agree more that this seems far superior to trying to make a lesson outside of your home each week!
I so wish I would have stuck with piano lessons. My parents didn't insist and I was young and stupid...
Great photos of you and Genevie.. She is adorable and looks really into the piano lessons. How nice that you are teaching her..
My daughter in law plays wonderfully.. Took lessons all her life, and on into college..But she doesn't teach her 8 yr old daughter. She goes to piano lessons.. I ask her ,"why".. She just said, she didn't want to.. I think it would be so fun to spend that time with your daughter.. And you know what? When she is grown ..You will treasure these wonderful moments..
SO proud of you..
She looks happy, and that's got to tell you something :)
You're both pretty : )
I teach my girls violin and I have to approach them as I would any other student. They call me Mrs. Foley, I give them messages to tell their mom about how they need to practice (I even harp about their mom and how she didn't practice with them very well) - they think this is so funny. After one girl has had her "lesson" she almost always runs down and tells her sister that "she's really nice today". It's silly, but it seems to help make it work!
Jill! How funny - because we have started falling into this same charade with the same results!
Yay for Margo and mini-Margo!
Thank you fantastic person! You 're the best teacher I've found on here:)
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