Special thanks to the good folks at Kansas Maize @ Gaeddert Farms. Check out their website at www.kansasmaze.com.
Last Sunday afternoon, my wife and I took our two boys out to a corn maze near Buhler, KS. My 14 year old immediately disappeared and we didn't see him again until we were out of the corn maze. My wife and I decided to let our 8 yr old lead us through the labyrinth, using a map and knowledge of the basic landmarks: a hedgerow, and the road.
We were witnesses to his initial enthusiasm, followed by his frustration and a desire to quit and just "let Dad lead us out", followed again by his enlightenment and a sense of accomplishment as he started applying a method for navigating the maze. With help, he led us out, and it was extremely rewarding to see our recently adopted son succeed.
I couldn't help but think of the corollary between the corn maze and what I repeatedly observe as I go about teaching piano and bass in my studio. I see it in all ages, especially with beginners. They are so excited to start taking piano or bass lessons, and the drive exists. Then comes the stage where the beginner realizes that learning to play the piano or bass requires work, study, and practice. Inevitably, some become frustrated and quit. However, if we can push on to that point where music study begins to make sense, and we can find a methodical approach that keeps bringing success, a sense of accomplishment will eventually emerge. It's what I like to call "stick-to-it-iveness". Very simply, don't quit, stay at it. You will reap a dividend in the end.
Do you think today's children give up too easily? If so, what do you think may be the cause of this? Comment below!
Thanks to the folks at Kansas Maze @ Gaeddert Farms for the use of their photo. Go have fun in the corn maze! Check out their website at www.kansasmaze.com
David James teaches piano and bass lessons at his studio in Wichita, KS .... aptly named the David James Piano and Bass Studio. "Like" his studio page on Facebook, follow him on Twitter, check out his website at www.djpianobass.com.
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David James teaches piano and bass lessons at his studio...aptly named David James Piano and Bass Studio in Wichita, KS.