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10 Advantages to Kids Learning the Piano

February 15th, 2011 by admin

A piano can be a great item to add to the family home. In spite of its weight and size, the advantages of having kids learning to play the piano are many. These reasons alone make it worth the investment.

  1. Reading music – The first step in piano lessons is always learning how to read music, so that the student can associate the notes on the page with the keys on the keyboard. The reading and understanding of musical scores is foundational to playing any instrument, as well as to singing. It is something they will use throughout their lives.
  2. Music timing – In addition to the musical notes, a piano student learns about the timing of music. A metronome is often used to help the student learn to play with the proper timing for a piece.
  3. Creativity – Many piano teachers encourage their students to begin composing their own musical pieces, even within the first year of lessons. This is a great boost to child’s creativity and sense of self-worth.
  4. Vocal parts – As the student learns the more advanced pieces of music, they find themselves playing all the different vocal harmony parts. This helps them to be able to identify those vocal parts so that they can sing parts as well.
  5. 5.     Multiple students – One piano can serve many students. Multiple children in the household can be taking piano lessons and all use the same piano for practice. It is also an instrument that can be used for duets.
  6. Sense of accomplishment – Learning he piano is a very progressive process. As a child moves from one hand to two hands and simple compositions to more complex, they have a continual sense of ongoing accomplishment.
  7. Music appreciation – Learning piano will expose children to a wider range of music styles and some of the greater classical composers. In a time when it is easy to select a very narrow type of music for your listening pleasure, this wider exposure to can also broaden their appreciation for a larger plane of music styles.
  8. Positive pass-time – The ability to simply sit down at a piano and begin to play music is a wonderful pass-time. My own daughter, at the age of 13 made the comment after spending an hour playing different pieces that, ‘People wouldn’t do drugs if they’d knew how to play the piano.’
  9. Practice – Piano lessons also require regular practice between lessons. This is a great teaching tool for a young person that enforces the need for disciplined practice of any art that you desire to excel in.
  10. Family participation – Learning to play the piano puts the child in a place where they can become a central part of family times. It may mean playing as others sing or play other instruments. Other times, it may mean simply playing background music during a quiet time together.

Even for kids who didn’t appreciate their piano lessons at the time, as adults, there are few people who have regrets about having learned to play, at least the basics, on this grand musical instrument.