(I've been reading this forum for some time and have only very rarely posted, but have just started teaching some piano pupils.)
I had a call yesterday from a lady who wanted to give her husband a piano lesson for Christmas. Just one. They have a piano and her husband keeps saying he wishes he could play it, but she was quite clear he didn't want to learn to read music and he wants to be able to play 'boogie-woogie' like his father used to. I asked whether he ever picks out tunes on the piano or tries to copy anything he knows (because I know some people can get a long way with a good ear and a real interest in 'exploring' music) but she said he doesn't. She upped her offer to 4 lessons when I told her it takes more than one lesson to learn to play the piano!
I suppose I'm just a bit incredulous at how poor many people's understanding is of what it takes to learn a musical instrument - and just how skilled and talented a competent musician is.
My other jaw-dropping anecdote was from a very intelligent and otherwise sensible friend, who I told about me returning to having piano lessons after many years' break. She said "but I thought you could already play the piano!"
Does anybody else think there's a very strong case for educating everyone much better about what it takes to be a musician?!