12 Reasons Your Child Should Take Piano Lessons

12 Reasons Your Child Should Take Piano Lessons

12 Reasons Everyone Should Take Piano Lessons

  1. INCREASE YOUR IQ

According to an article from The Telegraph online magazine, “New research suggests that regularly playing the piano changes the shape and power of the brain and may be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills.”  There is continually more evidence that musicians have organizationally and functionally different brains compared to non-musicians, especially in the areas of the brain used in processing and playing music. Some studies show that playing an instrument can increase your IQ up to 7 points.

  1. INCREASE THE CAPACITY OF YOUR MEMORY 

Research has shown that both listening to music and playing the piano stimulate your brain and can increase your memory.  A study was done in which 22 children from age 3 to 4 years old were given either singing lessons or keyboard lessons.  A control group of 15 children received no music lessons at all. Both groups participated in the same preschool activities.  The results showed that preschoolers who had weekly keyboard lessons improved their spatial-temporal skills 34 percent more than the other children.  Not only that, but researchers said that the effect lasted long-term.

  1. INCREASE MATHEMATICAL ABILITY

Reading music requires counting notes and rhythms and can help your math skills.  Also, learning music theory includes many mathematical aspects.  Studies have shown that students who play piano or study the arts are often better in math and achieve higher grades in school than students who don’t. 

  1. IMPROVE READING COMPREHENSION

According to a study published in the journal Psychology of Music, “Children exposed to a multi-year program of music involving training in increasingly complex rhythmic, tonal, and practical skills display superior cognitive performance in reading skills compared with their non-musically trained peers.”  It’s not surprising to hear results like that because music involves constant reading and comprehension.  When you see black and white notes on a page, you have to recognize what the note name is and translate it to a finger/hand position.  At the same time, you also have to read what rhythms the notes are arranged in and force your hands and fingers to produce the correct pattern

  1. BUILD SELF CONFIDENCE

Overcoming musical challenges that you thought you’d never quite master can give you a great sense of pride.  When you first start learning how to play the piano, it seems like just holding a note for a couple beats or hitting a high pitch is an amazing accomplishment.  Many small successes will eventually breed long term, innate self-confidence.

  1. REDUCE STRESS & BE HAPPY! 

Playing piano can promote stimulation to areas of the brain that promote increased joy and decreased stress. During the past decade, the investigation correlation between music and the brain has proven that music can modulate activity in parts of the brain that are known to be crucially involved in emotion. The potential of music to modulate activity in these structures has important implications for the use of music in the treatment chronic stress.

  1. ENHANCE HAND EYE COORDINATION

The art of playing the piano requires a lot of hand-eye coordination.  By reading musical notes on a page, your brain subconsciously must convert that note into specific motor patterns while also adding breathing and rhythm to the mix.

  1. LEARN PERSEVERANCE & SELF DISCIPLINE

Learning to play the piano takes time and effort, which teaches patience and perseverance. Musicians have to work through difficult sections of music multiple times in a row before they can play it correctly. Practicing often and working on the hard parts requires perseverance.  The best pianists in the world are masters of discipline.

  1. LEARN CULTURAL HISTORY

Music reflects history and gives us insight on what it was like to live in the era and geography of its creation. Each piece of music has a unique history that is explored upon learning it.  The more diverse your musical knowledge is, the more informed you are about a variety of cultures, eras and geographic influences that shape the art form as we know it today.

  1. BOOST LISTENING SKILLS

Playing an instrument requires you to listen very carefully.  You have to learn to hear when you’re playing a wrong note in order to correct yourself.  Training listening skills teaches us how to be reflective and thoughtful.

  1. MAKE LIFELONG FRIENDS

When you become a musician or a vocalist, you become a part of a bigger community. Not only is it fun to play music that you enjoy, but it feels wonderful to join together with others to create a unified sound.  Friendships and relationships are strengthened through common interests and artists typically find that their most meaningful (and longest lasting) relationships are found through those they meet through the sharing their art form.

  1. MASTERING THE PIANO

The overall benefit of piano studies is not even about music itself. It is the peripheral skills acquired in the course of mastering the instrument: staying calm and focused under pressure, evaluating one’s weaknesses and working at it or be better, persisting in the face of challenges, working whether one feels like doing something or not, breaking jobs into little pieces to reach goals and providing an outlet for creativity

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