Teaching children the accordion
My youngest daughter is six, and has expressed an interest in learning the accordion. I’ve started her on a 48 bass piano accordion, and she is making good progress. It’s a bit like history repeating myself, as my Dad taught me piano accordion when I was a boy. As an adult, I have taken up the button accordion, preferring it’s lightness and jerky sound. It wasn’t a natural transition - I had to unlearn a number of things in order to grasp the basics of the button accordion (e.g. bellows movement). My question now is: should I teach my daugher the button accordion? My gut feeling is it might be too difficult for her (and for me to teach her, although there are lots of good button box players in the city who could teach her). Methinks it ‘s better for her to stick with the piano accordion, at least for now. I’m curious though: has anyone out there taught a child to play button accordion? If so, what is your experience? Do you know of any good resources? Any advice is warmly appreciated.