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Do child prodigies practice 5+ hours daily? #952083
03/10/07 03:41 AM
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Well, this one does.

6-year old piano and cello prodigy

IMO, any child with above average IQ can become a prodigy if he starts at the age of 3 and practices 5+ hours everyday.

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Re: Do child prodigies practice 5+ hours daily? #952084
03/10/07 08:19 PM
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Well, I would say significantly above average. I have 3 students of Asian background who would, if they practiced 5 hrs a day, be very, very accomplished. While I can teach artistry, they don't seem to have internalized it as yet. They are currently 10,11, & 13. The very real problem are the parents. They are quite satisfied with their students progress at 30 min to an hour a day of practice.


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Re: Do child prodigies practice 5+ hours daily? #952085
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Hey MA, I wonder if this was stimulated by my comment about the young girl I knew when I was studying... the one who practiced 5 hours per day on piano and 2 on violin as a seven year old.

I agree with John. Significantly above average intelligence is probably a necessary condition, but it's not sufficient. Also, many really bright kids aren't motivated enough to practice that long, nor are they willing to slog through all the hard stuff and cope with all the failure that comes from working on material that doesn't come easily.

Re: Do child prodigies practice 5+ hours daily? #952086
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P*D, you are right. I didn't know or believe any child prodigy had to put in so many hours every day. I guess I was wrong.

Re: Do child prodigies practice 5+ hours daily? #952087
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One also has to consider the other calls on our children's time.

Since he was 7, ny son has been going to school from 8am to 5pm (sometimes a bit later) every weekday and every other Saturday. Five hours a day practice on top of this would never be viable as he would never have any leisure time.

I feel quite strongly that pushing children to be "prodigies" is often, indeed usually, unwise. (I know that noone here was suggesting it). The parents may garner some kudos from having a so called prodigy, but the real job of a parent is to equip the child to have a happy and fulfilled adult life. How many prodigies end up as fantastically well rounded and accomplished happy adults I wonder?

I could go on. But I won't.

Kind regards

Adrian


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Re: Do child prodigies practice 5+ hours daily? #952088
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I guess most child prodigies are home schooled or agressively accelerated by multiple grades skipping and early entrance to college.

Kit Armstrong went to college at 7. Marc Yu was learning geometry and pre-algebra at 6. Neither was "pushed" by their parents into composing and practing long hours, and in Marc Yu's case, picking cello in addition to piano at 4. The conventional education/schooling wouldn't allow them to develop according to their talent, academically or musically.

I am sending my children to public schools. I want them to gain social exposure and street smarts. Even though my daughter was in GATE when she was 6, she mainly plays in school and learns at home.


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