2. If a student expects learning the piano will be fun they are going be disappointed.

Having fun, like happiness, or like enjoying oneself, is always a byproduct. When we search for them they elude us. If we make them our goal we won’t find them. People spend a lot of money and energy pursuing them but seldom find them.

We find them when we aren’t looking. We are most likely to find them when we are totally engrossed in some activity and it is often later when we look back that we realise we were having fun then, or we were happy then.

It doesn’t make sense to mislead piano students.
If the student is led to believe that learning will be fun, they will have a false expectation. They will feel let down or resentful when they discover that learning and practising is quite different to what they were expecting.

It is far better to be up front and tell the student that learning to play the piano requires a lot of time, energy, effort, and discipline. They should know from the start that sometimes it will seem like work and sometimes they will need to practice when they would sooner be doing something else.

We should also tell them, of course, that there are huge rewards and great satisfaction to be gained. Making music adds an extra dimension to a life that can last for a lifetime. It takes a special person to succeed and those who do succeed will have a special place in society.