Just like with learning a new skill, there are many honest realities. Piano can seem easy to pick up, majority of people have had experience either playing or taking lessons. Some begin learning with great ambitions of being the next stage star.
A large problem arises amongst young students whom began piano as a child, with parents signing them up for lessons. As they develop socially and emotionally, interests and motivation become more complex. It's not uncommon for students to quit piano as a teenager, and then regret it when they're an adult.
Below is my list of honest realities about piano player...
Playing can feel like a solo hobby and practise feels lonely.
Appreciation of classical music takes time, and not everyone appreciates classical music.
Teenagers can be more interested in pop music than classical.
Most common age to quit piano is in teenage years.
Learning piano requires long-term commitment, strong ethic and discipline.
If a student doesn't know how to practise smart, they waste time.
Time needs to be made for consistent daily practise.
Costs of learning piano add up. Lessons, travel, instrument, books, exams, recitals.
Of those who learn piano, few will become advanced players.
The professional music performance career and music school is incredibly competitive.
There will be a 5 years old somewhere in the world who is better at piano that you.
Most people who quit piano regret it later in life.
Digital pianos do not last a lifetime.
Many pianos end up being furniture pieces in the home and not used.
Too many parents force their children into learning piano against their interests.
The teacher-student working relationships and rapport is key to long-term success.
There must be respect and collaboration between parent-teacher-student.
Lack of adequate practise will result in student's progress and motivation being lost.
If the student doesn't practise well, piano lessons are a waste of time, energy and money.
Some parents put too much pressure on student to succeed.
Not all students will excel or are talented.
Having a poor practise instrument will kill motivation.
Purchasing a piano and paying for lessons is an investment.
To become a good player, you need a good teacher.
Being self-taught results in technique problems that need correcting.
Progress, motivation and commitment will not be a steady forwards route.
Struggle is part of the learning process.
Not every piece you learn you will love.
Sight-reading is a common area of weakness.
Performing requires a different set of skills to just playing.
Piano is easy to pick up, difficult to master.
There will be days where you feel like not playing or practising.
To see long-term progress, you need to invest in piano books.