The human brain is specially and intricately designed. It takes in vast amounts of information and processes it, not only according to your experiences but also according to the automatic functions of the brain. For example, people know that when you flip a light switch, the light will turn on, similarly, when you sit in a chair, you know that it will hold you up so you don’t sit n the dirty floor. An example of automatic functions of the brain would be a reflex. If someone throws a Nerf ball at you, your arm will automatically go up to block it from hitting you, even though you know it won’t hurt you. Some people have even stated that the brain is like a computer software program.
Everyone thinks differently, and some of us are more musically inclined than others. Similarly, some people are more logical, while others can be emotional. This applies to men and women, no stereotyping here.
So, if your child excels in music, what are the characteristics that he is showing you? Some of these traits may include love for music, willingness to learn, your child’s learning style, self-motivated, and needs to be challenged because he becomes bored easily. Let’s discuss these in a little more detail below:
- Love for music – This is common sense, but it is profound and speaks volumes; and therefore, it bears repeating. If your son doesn’t enjoy music and what he’s learning on the ivory keys, he will not have the desire to continue playing, let alone practicing. On the other hand, when he thoroughly enjoys playing the piano, it automatically is uplifting and encouraging to him.
- Willingness to learn or teachability – Pianists who are willing to learn, simply put, will learn because they don’t already think they know everything. Learning stops when a person thinks they know everything about playing the piano. In this case, the piano teacher may have a difficult time keeping up with your son’s thirst for learning new pieces or his desire to master a technical hand position. This is a good challenge though for both music teacher and student.
- Know your child’s learning style – One thing that the music teacher will focus in on is how your son learns and takes in the music. Is your child a visual learner or an auditory learner? If you son is a visual learner, he will learn best when the teacher shows him how to play the musical piece and seeing how the piece comes together as she plays the notes on the piano keys. However, if your child is an auditory learner, he will do better learning by listening to the music. He will be able to hear the different notes and visualize playing the notes on the piano.
- Your son is self-motivated – This is a very important characteristic and goes along with his love for playing the piano. This means that you don’t have to babysit him to practice. Of course, you may need to nudge him once in a while, but for the most part, he will want to practice his lessons. Maybe he wants to learn a new piece on his own. This leads me to the last characteristic that we are discussing.
- Needs to be challenged because he gets bored easily – When he practices, your son may move ahead on his own and try learning a new lesson or a song that he knows. This is something that the piano teacher will also need to keep in mind as she gives him lessons. She may want to give him additional material to learn or a few songs that will keep him challenged in his learning. Even if he learns a musical piece and has the fingering wrong, it is great for him to try it on his own and show his teacher what he’s been learning. The teacher will then provide the appropriate fingerings and dynamics for him to master. If you or the music teacher stifles this desire in your child, he will be bored and possibly loose interest in his musical talents.
There are of course many other character traits that accomplished pianists possess; however, these are some key traits that are most evident and profound when it comes to people who are gifted musically. So, work with your son’s piano teacher and keep your child challenged in his musical studies. He will thank you for it in the end because he will stay motivated to continue in his lessons and grow in his talent.