Parents today are faced with a myriad of choices when it comes to choosing activities to aid the development of their child or children. Many parents want their child or children to be able to play a musical instrument, whether it’s a guitar, violin, trumpet, flute or a piano. Piano is an instrument which appeals to many people because the sound it produces is both beautiful and soothing. As parents, you may like the idea of your child being able to play the piano so he/she can fill your home with beautiful music. Although he/she may not become the next Mozart, there are many benefits from taking piano lessons which you may or may not be aware of.
1. Development of thinking skill
Studies have shown that children who have taken piano lessons score on average higher on intelligence quotient tests than those who didn’t receive training. Learning to play the piano involves use of a variety of segments of the brain including areas housing spatial reasoning skills, emotion, creativity and motor skills. Giving your child piano lessons may ultimately translate into more effective cognitive skills in school.
2. Focus and concentration
Piano training requires focus and concentration. To be able to play the piano successfully, a child must be able to read the music and translate the notes on the page into hand movements that express the musical passage. This requires great concentration on the part of the child. Development of ability to focus can aid in achieving academic success later in life.
3. Development of memorisation skills
Most piano teachers host recitals for their piano students. Each child plays a song or songs from memory. By participating in piano recitals, your child will develop the ability to memorise long passages of music and execute them in front of an audience. This is an excellent way to develop memory skills.
4. Build confidence
When a child studies piano and successfully masters the skills involved in playing music, he/she develops self esteem and confidence in his ability. This confidence will follow your child throughout his/her school years and can make him a more successful student. This is why piano lessons are so often recommended at a young age.
5. Overcome shyness
By participating in piano recitals, your child becomes comfortable performing before a group which can be instrumental in helping your child overcome shyness. It also gives your child a skill he/she can perform at school events such as talent shows.
6. Lifelong asset
Piano lessons provide skills which carry into adulthood and into old age. An eighty year old can derive just as much pleasure from playing a beautiful song on the piano as a six year old.