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Approaching Piano Lessons...HELP!

All it takes is seeing prodigal children play the piano on the Today Show to make me question where I am going wrong. Addie has a natural affinity for the piano and Cody has given her a few lessons (he spent his entire childhood being forced encouraged to play the piano.) Through the few lessons Cody has given her and the simple piano books he bought from Amazon she was able to teach herself a fine rendition of “Old MacDonald.”

I on the other hand have no musical talent in any part of my body aside from being able to push play on my iPod.

I was a dancer and heavily involved in drama in my youth. If Addie were ever curious about the finer points of iambic pentameter? She has the perfect mom for the job.

Since I am the one home when she gets home I am the one who gets to force encourage her to practice the piano. I have no idea if what she’s playing is right, I also have no idea if there is a chance she could be a piano prodigy or just an average piano player. I do know I want her to play. But I’m unsure of where to go from here.

Do I look into private lessons? Where do you even find such people? What does one look for in a piano teacher? Are there different methods for teaching?

My first guess would be Craigslist since you can find everything there, I guess I just worry that I’d find a piano playing murderer.

I’ve asked around at church without much luck and don’t know many other people who play piano.

When it comes to me forcing encouraging her to practice, does it matter that I have no idea what I’m doing or listening for? I know practice makes perfect and is very important, I just don’t know…you know?

One last question, does it matter if our piano is completely out of tune? Is that going to destroy her developing musical ear?

I sure do hope someone can help me.

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