Why Piano?

May 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

Could piano lessons can make the child smarter? Does it help for concentration or what is the importance of piano in a child’s life? Just fun, an introduction to music or more?

Piano lessons may help your child to develop skills, children who play an instrument score higher both standard and spatial cognitive development tests alike. Learning to play piano is a hard work and takes dedication.Playing the piano is a mix of variety of segments of the brain areas like spatial reasoning skills, emotion, creativity, and motor skills. Giving your child piano lessons helps to improve more effective cognitive skills in school.

Piano also improves focus and concentration .Learning the piano takes a bit of concentration and focus, such as coordination between hands and eye, coordination between both hands, coordination of feet and hands, as well as reading the notes and the ability to understand the rythm and tempo and translating all. With developing the coordination of hand and eye, your children will improve dexterity and motor skills.

One of the most important benefits of playing an instrument is obviously more confidence, your children will improve self-esteem. Obviously learning to play piano is hard work and a challange for the kid, each new piece will have different technical difficulties and will require different skills and playing styles. So the more they will improve their performance the more they will have confidence , which is very important in the day-life and for their development.

One of the most important benefits of piano education is that piano help preserve and improve creativity of the child.The best analogy of how children learn about music is from Donal Kroodsma’s book “The Singing Life of Birds” Every songbird can be indentified by the unique song it sings, but a baby has to be taught by its parents to sing the family song. Baby birds, like humans, just ” babble” at first. Mother birds sing the family song over and over to the baby birds as they try to repeat it back. At first, the baby birds are only able to sing bak one or two notes, but they gradually learn to sing the whole song. And birds with two voice boxes even learn to sing their own harmony parts!! Once baby birds learn the family song, they can start developing their very own songs. Likewise the children who are engaged with piano are oftenly composing their own music and developping their creativity, which leads to their own they life aswell. By taking piano lessons from little step to their future, children has become aware of their development and recognize the joy of hardwork.

Let’s quickly have a look on piano itself. Which instrument family is piano from? We can say that piano is both string and percussion. The piano is in the percussion family because the sound is generated from a hammer hitting a wire. When you press a piano key, there is a little hammer hitting a wire inside. The action of hammer is putting piano in the percussion family. So being both percussive and stringed instrument, gives piano a completely different sound and style that makes it the mother instrument. Almost all the instruments while being played will need an accompaniment of piano. When we look at the music literature we can easily see the big range of piano composition by all the composers. Even in composition education in schools, the first composition are asked to be written for piano. Regarding its richness and colorness piano is a wonderful and addicitve tool for all symphonies, concertos, chamber musics and solos.

As you can see, music is an amazing way to develop the children, not just for musical education but to help them develop better educationally, emotionally and personally. In the end even the child rejects taking piano lessons, like the baby songbirds, they will learn to sing and they will be thankful for being in music. Like Plato said : “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

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