When I started teaching piano lessons during grad school, part of my objective was to raise a piano army for my church. It seemed to me that wherever I lived, I was no longer one more person who could play the piano; I was the ONLY person who could play the piano.
So for my students (who have always been LDS), part of the curriculum is to learn how to play hymns. Because one day, my pre-arthritic hands are going to give out, and I won’t be able to play anymore.
I read this story this morning, and was soooo glad to know that I’m not the only one who is concerned about the dearth of pianists.
Next step is to raise an army of organists. Which I am working on.