Or “Why do you teach your piano students how to knit?”
But why do I as a piano teacher want my students learn to knit?
My goals for my students in learning to knit:
to develop fine motor skills
to read and follow written directions
to create their own variation on a theme
to experience the joy from the direct relationship between investing time and having a tangible product
to directly apply their arithmetic learned in their school setting
to know the joy of working with their hands
to understand that objects are made through a process
to practice service to others through making a product and giving it to someone else
See how these goals dovetail with learning to play an instrument?
You will find this piece academic in tone, but not inaccessible. Well worth reading and mentally dialoging with the author, Eugene Schwartz. “Discover Waldorf Education: Knitting and Academic Development, The Role of Handwork in the Waldorf Curriculum.”
Schwartz Eugene. Discover Waldorf Education: Knitting and Intellectual Development: The Role of Handwork in the Waldorf Curriculum [Internet]. Version 1. millennialchild. 2009 Mar 6. Available from: http://millennialchild.wordpress.com/article/discover-waldorf-education-