Joanie has been teaching piano, guitar and ukuleles since 1983. She was trained as a Suzuki piano teacher in 1987, and has adopted many of the Suzuki elements for teaching other instruments. Joanie is a firm believer that anyone who is interested can learn to play and enjoy music, and she loves seeing students faces as they discover, “Wow! I just played that!” Joanie is well aware of the challenge of practicing, and to that end, she wrote the THE SMART KID SYNDROME:
Are you one of those kids that is used to having everything come easily to you at school? And if something doesn’t come easily to you, do you then assume that you aren’t good at it? Well then, if you are, please read the following!
- In learning music, EVERYONE has to work at it to get good.
- Music requires practice that is very different than anything that you have to do at school, because you need to use your hands and not just your head.
- With patience and practice, EVERYONE can be good at music.
- Everyone will play differently, and unlike school, there is not just one way to play music.
So, when music doesn’t come as easily as you’re used to things coming, it doesn’t mean that you are not good, because EVERYONE has to work at it. Remember the two P’s: Patience and Practice
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