Mastering the piano is no easy task, and often the incessant practice sessions and complicated playing techniques encourage the budding pianists into ditching their dreams and quitting their lessons. Here comes Halo and other video games!

A recent Facebook survey has revealed shocking facts on how common it is for budding pianists to suddenly lose their focus and give up on this constructive hobby. Lack of support from parents, obscurity in terms of future as a pianist, long periods of disillusionment when things don’t seem to click, inability to find time to dedicate to the art – the reasons could be many.

In a myriad of cases, an uninspiring teacher is the cause of all the disappointment. And the fact that musicians don’t really make much money, and that it is still considered a pretty unconventional career option is another major turn off.

Let’s tell you more about other factors that eventually keep piano students out of their classrooms.

Unrealistic expectations

Most students have unrealistically high expectations when it comes to piano lessons; this could be due to the fact that the piano looks deceivingly simple but actually requires a lot of dedication and hard work. Mastering the piano is not a one day job; you need to be patient and practice consistently.

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Unflinching dedication to practicing and keeping oneself motivated to learn and sweat it out every day – it takes some doing. This demand for perseverance often discourages budding pianists from learning any further. Therefore before you enroll realize that one cannot become a professional pianist anytime soon after you join; you need to have the thirst and willpower for learning.

No passion for music

Most students join piano lessons due to peer pressure. Also, it’s common for parents with lofty dreams for their kids to almost force their kids into piano classes. Come to think of it, being in a classroom full of students toiling hard at getting the most basic melodies right, that’s not a sweet experience for students who’re in the classroom on somebody else’s coaxing. Also there may be times when students fail to understand the gravity of the music lessons. Music requires a sensitive soul and power of deeper understanding, often missing in the beginners learning the piano.

A lot of distractions

Piano lessons are tough times for students who aren’t able to fully concentrate in their lessons. Also most students just want to learn the popular music pieces and songs and not the basic classical notes that form the foundation of piano playing. Many a times the lack of improvement in the playing, in spite of intense practice sessions, puts students in a fury, forcing them to snap off their ties with their piano classes.

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An incompetent music tutor

Acquiring a fabulous music teacher is perhaps the most important aspects of learning the piano. An incompetent teacher is a certain repellent for students beginning their piano lessons. A sound & cordial music teacher realizes your potential and sets your practice schedules accordingly; he also allows you to improvise and experiment on the conventional musical pieces and develop your own style. Who wants to be boxed in?

Lack of moral support

Music is usually considered to be a very lucrative and profitable career option and hence not very popular among people. Most music enthusiast only considers piano playing as a hobby, something to pursue in their leisure. This lack of awareness and acceptance among people who refuse to take music seriously is a major reason why musicians are quitting lessons. Lack of moral support from parents, friends, and the society further inflates the number of drop outs.

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No time for practice

Many people join music classes to kill time and aren’t really serious about music, for them piano is just a hobby. As soon as they are faced with more work than they can manage, the piano lessons are first sufferers. Tight routines and other personal and professional commitments deter budding musicians from pursuing their musical dream. Therefore there is no time for practice and hence no significant improvement in their piano playing.

The bottom line

Remember, quitting or running away from a challenge is never an option. Once you recognize the problems that are taking the fizz out of your piano sessions, it’s better to sort things out before they disseminate irrevocable damage.

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