How to Get Your Kids to Respect Your Piano

Posted on: 7 October 2015

If you have children, chances are good that you are going to witness them acting in ways that aren't particularly respectful towards furniture. You might see them jumping on the couch, putting their shoes on chairs, and generally mistreating your furniture. You have likely established ground rules for the furniture in order to keep it from being totally destroyed. If you have a piano in your home, it's a good idea to establish a similar set of ground rules.These will help teach your children to respect the piano as the piece of art it is. Here are some ways to foster this respect and protect your piano from your children.

1. Set Up Written Rules

Even if your children can't read, the fact that the rules are written down is going to remind them of the unbreakable rules at school. Write down the rules and put them in a place where your children can easily see them. Then, read the rules to your children once a week until they can recite them back to you. Rules such as not allowing shoes near the piano, not allowing food or drink near the piano, and only being allowed to use the piano when under supervision are all reasonable and are easily understood by children.

2. Let Your Children Use the Piano

Another thing that you can do is let your children use the piano under close supervision. For example, take five or ten minutes after dinner each night to let your child play around on the piano and give a "concert." Let your child make tickets, show you where to sit, and then have your full attention as he or she plays whatever he or she wants on the piano. This will demystify the piano for your child and make him or her less likely to break the rules out of curiosity about the piano. It will also give you the opportunity to show your child how the piano should be touched and how each note should be played. By showing your child an alternative to pounding on the keys, you will build respect for the piano.

3. Enroll Your Child in Lessons

Finally, enroll your child in piano lessons. This will allow your child to work with the piano in a supervised environment and learn about it. It will also help your child build a relationship with the piano and make him or her more likely to treat it with respect.

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