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Top Ten Benefits of Piano Lessons

August 16, 2018

Is your child curious about music? Piano lessons are a great way for children to explore music and discover their own talent. There are also many benefits that can come from piano instruction.

 

1. Self-Esteem

The combination of individual attention, positive encouragement, performance opportunities, lessons tailored to individual needs and goals, as well as positive attention from supportive family members helps to develop self-esteem in students.

 

2. Self-Discipline

Improvement and musical proficiency is greatly a result of self-discipline. This value is cultivated in students through making a commitment to practice and complete their assignments between lessons.

 

3. Self-Expression

The piano is a wonderful medium for self-expression. So much can be expressed without words and learning how to play the piano gives children an outlet through which they can do this.

 

4. Perseverance and Resilience

Learning how to play music isn’t easy. It takes hard work and dedication, and when these principles are applied, students experience progress. Pushing forward through the challenges develops perseverance and resilience that make it easier to bounce back from failures in life and to keep trying.

 

5. Memory

Verbal memory and pattern recognition is greatly improved by music instruction. In a recent study, participants who were musically trained remembered 17% more verbal information than those who were not.

 

6. Creativity

The piano is a very special platform for creativity. Because a note does not have to be played a certain way to achieve the correct pitch and there are such a wide range of pitches that can be played on the piano, it is an exceptional instrument for experimenting with creativity. Improvisation on the piano promotes the creative process.

 

7. Social Skills and Community

Group piano lessons and recitals give students an opportunity to receive feedback, work together as a team, and develop a sense of community with each other. Playing music together in an ensemble further cultivates social skills and an ability to be conscientious of others.

 

8. Emotional and Physical Wellbeing

Playing the piano promotes emotional sensitivity through musical expression and perception, as well as balance between left and right brain activity. Learning the piano also improves fine motor coordination. Good posture, mindfulness, focus, being aware of tension in the body and learning how to let it go are only some of the healthy habits supported by playing the piano.

 

9. Intellectual Development

Spatial reasoning and overall IQ are increased greatly by learning an instrument. According to a recent study, children who were not involved in learning to play an instrument had an average increase of 4.3 IQ points while those who were learning an instrument gained 7 points.

 

10. Language Skills

Because many of the processes between music and speech are shared, learning music can help improve a child’s ability to read, enhance perception of language patterns, and associate tonal and rhythmic patterns with visual symbols.

 

In my years of taking piano lessons, I experienced all of these benefits and continue to as an adult. As someone who has experienced firsthand the incredible benefits of learning and playing music, I am passionate about passing these gifts along to others.

 

If you are curious about piano lessons for your child or want to know more about what I do as a piano teacher, use the contact form to get in touch with me or get ahold of me by phone at 303-349-1013. The first lesson is free, so you can determine if it is a good fit for you and your family’s needs before making a commitment. Thanks for reading and keep being musicurious!

 

References:

1. Costa-Giomi, Eugenia. "The Effects of Three Years of Piano Instruction on Childrens Cognitive Development." Journal of Research in Music Education47, no. 3 (1999): 198-212. Accessed August 16, 2018. doi:10.2307/3345779.

2. Hallam, Susan. "The Power of Music: Its Impact on the Intellectual, Social and Personal Development of Children and Young People." International Journal of Music Education28, no. 3 (2010): 269-89. Accessed August 16, 2018. doi:10.1177/0255761410370658.

 

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