When does the pressure of learning to play the piano do more harm than good? Parents in Singapore have started to ask themselves that question.
When Elston Sam was 11 years old, he wrote a letter to his piano teacher.
It read: “I have no talent. I have no interest. Please tell my mum to stop sending me to piano school.”
His mother, Ms Regine Wong, 53, was blindsided when the teacher conveyed his message.
“It was a shock and a warning. If I placed too much stress on him, it would be harmful,” says Ms Wong, who felt she had “failed” her son.
Ms Wong, a housewife, immediately stopped his lessons ahead of his ABRSM Grade 7 piano examination for which she had already paid the registration fees. ABRSM stands for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
What are your memories of piano examinations? Did they make you want to continue to play the piano? Or were they something you dreaded?