Friday, July 13, 2012
I'm feeling like a big fat failure right now, because I've been unsuccessful at teaching Sarah to play the piano. I spent a whole year teaching her out of the first book, and at the end of the book, I realized that she didn't even know how to read music. So I started over and taught her the entire book again. About a year ago, after an extremely frustrating lesson for both of us, I realized I had to stop before one of us ended up dead. I decided she must be too young, so I told her we would start again after her 8th birthday. For the last few weeks, I've been having her do piano theory lessons, and she did ok, but today was the first lesson playing the actual piano. She just doesn't get it. Can't or won't do it. She is the one who wanted to learn in the first place. So today I admitted defeat. I told her that I would pay someone else to teach her, because I don't know what else to do. She said she doesn't want to learn anymore. That makes me sad, because not only did I fail to teach her something she once wanted to learn, but I killed her desire to learn it at all. Epic failure.