In my decades of experience as a full-time private music educator, students still have the same desire to learn to play piano and make music as always. Their attention has been increasingly challenged by their parents' values. Many parents spend enormous sums on a multitude of extra-curricular activities, many of which are sports.
In sports, most training is done collectively and the steps are dictated. There is a huge social spin off for the parents. Some are starry-eyed dreaming of lucrative professional sports careers.
Studying music requires sufficient quiet time to settle the mind and work on personal, challenging problem solving skills on diverse, complex levels. An active workout can enhance the latter provided the child is not too exhausted and over-stimulated and the parents aren't driven to constantly demand immediate results.
Unfortunately there are a huge number of relic pianos that are still being used. Likely many of them were purchased during the piano sales rush circa 1909. At best some of them have been "restored" when they should have been recycled. Imagine learning to play an instrument when it sounds awful and then having parents and teachers threaten you if you don't play more.
Instead… imagine the exploding, creative opportunity available today allowing us to combine acoustic and electronic sound. It’s time to embrace the incredible possibilities of this century! After all, are you still driving the old Model T Ford? It might be fun to own and drive... but likely not on your daily commute.
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