Akank began her pop piano lessons at the Yamaha Music school here today. She was restless and waiting to get started. After all, her last lesson was in the last week of March in India. At home, she uses the internet to browse sheet music or you-tube lessons of her favorite tunes and makes notes of the chords used and practices on her own. Even though she continued to practice her lessons she could not wait to get started on new lessons. On her current 6 octave portable keyboard, she is unable to play a few tunes that require a higher pitch ( according to her) and she has been wanting a digital piano for sometime now. Another reason we began her classes now was, the 45 day time period we have before the next school year begins and we wanted to put that to good use. With the keyboard, she has never needed a reminder that practice was due.
However, it is the other music lessons that she needs to be constantly encouraged to practice- her Indian classical music lessons. Albeit her complete lack of enthusiasm, we have identified a guru under whom she has already begun training. Akank enjoys doing her lessons ( it is the practice she detests) with her new music teacher, even though left to her, she would like to discontinue her lessons. She claims she understands the nuances of music which should stand her well in case she chose music as a career option in the future. I would be fooling you and myself if I told you that she continues to go at free will. We have tied irresistible rewards ( read dog) if she continues! Her music teachers in the past, have told her how good she was and yet she continues to crib about practice. ( If I am good, I don’t need practice right?)In fact , her music tutor at her new school, was very excited when she learnt that Akank trains in Classical music. She intends to let Akank help her class master a rendition and maybe sing it on the annual day.
I can’t vouch for Akank being thrilled with that prospect, but I am.