Piano Teachers and Piano Parents Take Heart! Encouraging kids to keep going with piano lessons is no easy task. But the benefits of music study are beyond measure. I recently came across a fantastic article on the American Music Parents website. The article is entitled “Preparing children for the Creative Economy” I found it very interesting.
We all know that the worldwide economy is changing, This isn’t the first time, the last change was from a largely agrarian work environment to an industrial one. The work paradigm that Boomers and Gen-xérs grew up with is quickly evaporating. The idea that you study hard go to college and immediately come out and find the job you had been training for is now no guarantee. Today’s young people are entering a new economy, “The Creative Economy”.
So what exactly is the Creative Economy?
The a fore mentioned article states,
“Today many economies of the developed nations are being fueled by individuals who are innovative, entrepreneurial and artistic. This new generation is driving what is known as the creative economy. In his best seller rise of the creative class (2003) Richard Florida predicted economic and social forces would continue to reshape our nation’s economy, our work environments and our way of life. Artists, entertainers, engineers and scientists, architects, writers, educators, physicians, and business executives will all work together as they bring their unique set of skills and talents to the workplace. Ideas, innovation and entrepreneurialism will be the driving forces for the Creative Economy.”
This new economic environment will most likely call for people who are able to multi-task and “think outside the box”. These new workers will have to be both self-motivated and flexible. When you consider that music students are trained to improvise, persevere, and stand up to the pressures of performance, it is easy to see that music students will be poised to succeed in the Creative economy. I can attest to the fact that the majority of my piano students go on to become successful, happy adults.
If you are the parent or teacher of a piano student rest assured your hard work will pay off. Getting kids to practice daily and attend lessons week after week my seem like an endless chore but it is worth the effort. The gift you give to your children goes way beyond playing the piano.