It matters not to us if a student wants to to learn a Chopin Etude, a Mozart Sonata, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, the latest Taylor Swift Song, Ragtime by Scott Joplin, a chart from Les Miserables, or a Beatles tune. What matters to us is that the student is passionate and can get excited about the music! When a student is inspired and excited about the music – the likelihood that they will practice and stick with music over the years is much greater because they want to learn how to play it!
Force a student to learn what you as the parent (or worse, a teacher who insists on a student learning only XYZ music) want them to learn – and we guarantee that they will lose interest, begin complaining about it, and basically make your life miserable until you finally let them quit. So when we talk about putting Play back into music, we first mean that the music should reach and inspire the student. If that connection for the student gets lost, so too will the student’s musical progression.