I have a bit of an admission to make.
Hunter, who will be eight next month, still doesn't really know how to play the piano. Pretty much not at all.
It has little to do with his skill or ability and everything to do with my pitiful lack of commitment or consistency.
It kind of hit me hard when, looking through my beginner's piano book (that I used as a child) I realized that I was the exact age Hunter is now - a month short of eight - when I finished that book.
Kind of sad when I have theoretically been "teaching" Hunter since age two and he is still not even a quarter of the way through it.
I guess my problem has been that music is generally the last thing on my list of things to do in the day.
It is, supposedly, our "last" thing to do, sort of an "after school" activity, and the truth of the matter is that by the end of the day I am usually just, well, done.
Even though I know how important music is to brain development and academic learning, and what a wonderful skill it is to have, I only have so much energy in a day.
And when I consistently prioritize music as "last" and "after everything else is done" (which usually even all of that doesn't get done) it is just simply not going to happen.
So, I am certainly not content with this. And instead of just convincing myself that I will "try harder," I have instead decided that it is less about trying and more about changing the way I have been doing things entirely.
The whole concept of waiting until the end of the day to do something of the nature of piano lessons was a bit absurd in the first place.
I mean, sure, in a perfect world, by late afternoon I would still be bursting with energy and enthusiasm.
But in reality, by the late afternoon I am tired. Mentally and physically. And sometimes even a bit short on patience. And the house is in need of some tidying and dinner in need of cooking.
So the new plan is to actually start each day with our music lessons. Immediately after breakfast.
It really only takes but 10-20 minutes and it is so silly that is doesn't get done every day. But timing is everything and I am firmly confident that by a simple timing switch (and "priority" upgrade) we will be able to see real and genuine progress.
The program we have is Alfred's Basic Piano library. I have a great many books in the first few levels of the program and going through them will get him to be able to play the piano and play it well.
I am also planning on creating some flash card videos to help accelerate his note reading recognition, pitch, key finding and grasp of the basics of music theory. Will certainly share them on this blog when I am finished.
"...and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever..." 2 Chronicles 5:13
Hunter is currently 7 years, 11 months old