Re: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Learning piano?

From: David Rovner <>
Date: Mon Dec 5 14:17:00 2005

This reminds me a story.

"They told him that if he does not learn Chinese by next week -- he is going
to be executed.

He did learn Chinese !!"

Is that what we want for our children ?

~ David

----- Original Message -----
From: "Matt Schick" <>
To: <>
Sent: Monday, December 05, 2005 6:29 PM
Subject: [Discuss-sudbury-model] Learning piano?

> Hi. I'm new to this forum (and to the Sudbury model in general). A
> In my experience, there are things that I have learned (musical
instruments and foreign languages
> jump to mind as the best examples) where, after an initial period of
interest/excitement when
> starting out, things get really difficult - you're working uphill towards
a goal that's way off in
> the future somewhere, there's very little benefit in the present (just the
opposite, actually - a
> whole lot of dull repetetive practice), and it's VERY tempting to give up.
But after a while (a
> year or two? more or less?), once you start getting good, it becomes
enjoyable in and of itself.
> In a Sudbury school, how do kids come to recognize that hill and what it
takes to get over it? I
> know that I would have given up flute within the first year if my parents
hadn't pushed me to keep
> practicing - but in the long run, I'm VERY happy they did.
> You know, that's not actually my question. I think I already have a feel
for how you'd answer that
> one. Here's the real question I think I want to ask: If you have 8-year
old kids and you make them
> practice piano 30 minutes a day (despite any resistance they may put up),
the kids may hate it at
> the time, but by the time they're 16 they'll almost surely be REALLY happy
that they can play the
> piano pretty well. What would you say about that? Where's the harm? I know
that it goes COMPLETELY
> against the Sudbury model, but still... Small price to pay, maybe? Or does
it completely ruin the
> adult/child relationship? Or destroy a child's sense of his or her own
power in life? (And not to
> mention that trying to get a kid, or anyone else for that matter, to do
something that he/she
> doesn't want to do is NO fun at ALL...) I don't doubt that there IS harm
done, I just can't seem
> to find it myself. So I'm asking you.
> [When I was 16, I would REALLY liked to have been able to play piano (both
of my parents can play)
> and speak French (my mother's bilingual). Of course, I can learn these
things now (and am in the
> process of doing so), but...]
> Thanks.
> - Matt
Received on Mon Dec 05 2005 - 13:23:54 EST

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