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Why I’m Against Teaching Western Classical Music

I like the song Never Enough from the movie The Greatest Showman a lot. In fact, it’s on my bucket list. Here’s me playing it.

It’s not perfect. I learnt it mostly by ear. The melody by ear and the chords partly by guitar chord sheets. I like the song so much that it’s actually on my bucket list. The playing is not complicated at all. A melody in the right hand and block chords in the left hand. It’s probably grade 2 in standard. But I derive so so much pleasure when I play it.

Which makes me think why don’t more piano teachers:

  • allow their students, especially teenagers and adults to play pieces that they like; and
  • teach their students how to play by ear so that they can pick out songs/tunes by themselves?

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