Parents: Are you Letting Your Child Practice on Frankenstein’s Piano?

There is one thing that is every piano teachers nightmare if their studio policy accepts requests from families to teach their children in their own home.  No, it is not finding out that Hannibal Lecter resides within the walls.  They are not even afraid of the rickety staircase that leads down into the dimly lit dungeon that might be your basement.  No, not that either.  It is to discover that instead of having a piano to work on … they are shown an antique looking piece of furniture that has a peculiar resemblance to the piano Frankenstein might have owned.  It also appears that it could very well be the happy home to a troupe of little mice.  Or cockroaches.  Or perhaps a poisonous spider.  Or … well, you get the idea.  Unless you may be the one to own such a piece of furniture, then you may need some enlightening!  That’s why I wrote this article, after all.

So, how do you know if your piano is the same piano from that old horror classic, “Frankenstein”?  You know that scene when Frankenstein is walking down the steps and in the corner is that ancient looking piano with dust and cobwebs all over it?  Well, neither do I, but I am sure there was a piano somewhere in that house!  It was a fairly large house, after all.

So if you are a bit confused whether or not Frankenstein might have played on your piano, here is a little checklist that may help you decide for yourself.

1.)  When you press the keys down, do they willingly come back up?

2.)  When you press the keys down, do they make a sound?

3.)  Can you actually press the keys down?

4.)  Would you say “NO!” if you were asked “Does a small to medium sized rodent live inside your piano?”

5.)  Have you had a piano technician touch your piano since it’s been in your home?

If you have answered no to any of these, or perhaps to all 5 … who you gonna call?  No, not the Ghostbusters!  Yes, that’s correct!  Your local and friendly certified piano technician.  There are actually these people who goes through years of training to learn how to work and fix up pianos.  They get paid to make your practice piano better.

I know what you’re thinking.  This is going to cost you money.  Well, certainly, that is true. Let me try to explain why this is so imperative to finance the job.  It is absolutely the most awful experience for a beginner student to have to study on such an instrument.  Besides, you are already spending a decent bit of your income in order to provide your child with a premium music education are you not?  If you repair your piano, that money going to the teacher will become much more valuable if your child has a decent instrument to study on.

Think of this another way.  Would you send your child to a tennis camp sporting a wooden racquet that has broken strings, tennis shoes with missing laces, a tennis bag with a broken strap and of which doesn’t zip all the way, topped off with tennis balls that are anything but spherical?  Then why would you finance a premium music education with the same equivalent-quality piano to study on?

So contact your piano teacher and ask them to help you find a quality piano technician in your area. They will be more than happy to do so!

Frankenstein himself might even say “Thhahhhnnnnkk Yoouuuu”

2 thoughts on “Parents: Are you Letting Your Child Practice on Frankenstein’s Piano?

  1. Can’t agree more with that article. I am a piano teacher with 10 years of experience and the picture of this post reminds me of some of my most devastating moments of teaching days!

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