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I wonder how long does it take for an AVERAGE 7-year old beginner to be able to play the easy pieces in Schumann's Album for the Young, op.68?
-- Lisa (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 10, 2002
Your question leaves me breathless! Perhaps you can define average in your view. How much musical background does this child have? How long has s/he been playing the piano. Where is s/he on the path of fluency? Has s/he heard these pieces before? I would definitely do a lot of prep work before assigning these treasures to a 7 year old beginner. Perhaps I may play them and analyze their form. Maybe I will play the pieces and talk about why they were written or what was the mood of the piece. Maybe I will take out a melody and create a duet for the child. Most important though I want the child to be left with the desire to explore more music like this. I definitely would check out pieces by Gillock perhaps that may be more attainable and have a better sucess rate. Again it depends on the standard you have for "average".
-- Ellen Johansen (email@example.com), January 10, 2002.
Just off the top of my head, I'd say a student beginning at age 7 who practices well should be able to handle the Schumann after about 1.5- 2 years.
-- JS (firstname.lastname@example.org), January 11, 2002.