Can you put a price on the time you spend with your kids? Of course not, it's priceless. Teaching piano to your own children can be a truly rewarding experience. And you don't have to be a professional piano teacher to do it.
The one-on-one relationship between teacher and student that ensues will likely be intense, and special. Yes, there may be some cranky days, and no one knows how long it may last, but music happens in the process, and that is pure magic.
A piano teacher once told me me how one of her students came in with a new Christmas songbook. He asked her to teach him how to play all the songs so he could play them during the holidays. The boy was very excited about this. The teacher explained to him the songs were pretty hard, but the boy was determined to play them.
Some weeks he had to study three or four songs to reach his goal. The teacher sat back with great joy as she watched the look on his face as he mastered the songs and felt the success of his effort. The greatest joy came when his mother called to tell her to say how proud she was and how much joy the family had at their Holiday Song Feast.
While monetary rewards are great, student achievement is exhilarating (and sometimes life-changing) to a teacher. (remember the movie "To Sir With Love"?) The teacher experiences a special bond - a unique connection to the student. The student's self-esteem has sky-rocketed and his mom could not be happier. Now that's a win-win-win situation, and a great rewarding experience for all three.
In addition to self esteem, pride and joy, they are many benefits tied to learning music, such as improved spatial intelligence and betters SAT scores.
The best part is that parents don't have to be a professional music teacher to reap these rewards. While nothing replaces a qualified piano teacher, with the help of the new breed of piano learning software, parents can take the lead and get their kids started. As a bonus, they can have some fun in the process. In fact, they can even teach themselves. Why not?
So whether you are a piano teacher, or just a teaching parent – this is a truly rewarding experience that just may lead to a lifetime of memories. Now that is time well spent!