An interesting, and perhaps sad, development. Acoustic piano sales are way down, and piano retailers are going out of business . . .
American children are increasingly over-scheduled, and when the choice is between competitive sports or the rigors of practicing the piano, music will tend to lose out. Not to mention the copious amounts of homework, or time in front of the TV, computer or tablet.
“People are interested in things that don’t take much effort, so the idea of sitting and playing an hour a day to learn piano is not what kids want to do,” [said] Larry Fine, a piano technician, consultant and author . . .