How Learning Piano Can Help Your Child?

Posted by Yoke Wong on 1/13/2013 to Piano Lessons

Signing up your child for piano lessons certainly is a big decision! However, on top of learning a new skill and developing a new hobby, your child will also be advantaged in other aspects of his or her life. Piano lessons are more than what they seem to be and may even help mold the person your child will be a few years from now. Let’s look at a few key points related to piano lessons:

  1. Focus: Learning how to play piano will help your child focus and concentrate on the tasks at hand. Because playing piano involves a great deal of focus, your child will have the ability to use this skill in many different ways in the future. Your child will also learn how to tackle difficult tasks through piano lessons and work through challenges while staying focused and calm.
  2. School: Many studies have shown a close correlation between learning piano and academic success, particular in mathematics.
  3. Coordination: Because playing piano demands a lot of coordination, your child will develop better motor skills, eye-hand coordination, dexterity and the ability to easily handle complex thought processes.
  4. Self-esteem: Having the ability to do something unique, such as playing piano, will help your child feel proud and accomplished, and boost his or her self-esteem. Piano lessons are a great way to enforce the notions of hard work and dedication as well as patience and perseverance.

You want your child to grow up and be a well-rounded individual. You want him or her to push the limits and strive to be a better person. Piano lessons are a great way to plant the seeds for a better future. Playing piano is more than just about the music; playing piano shows discipline, dedication, passion, confidence and who doesn’t want that for their child? So, if you are thinking of signing your child up for piano lessons, don’t think twice. You are investing in much more than just a musical education; you’ll be investing in his or her future.



Margaret Alexis
Date: 1/24/2013
Hi Yoke, and Happy New Year to you and your family! I trust that in the New Year (2013) and beyond you would continue to use your God-given gift: to impart your musical knowledge to everyone whereby, you teach, and others learn quickly and very well. May God's blessing and mercies be upon you throughout the years; and may He keep you in good health. I now extend warmest congratulations to Jackie. For some technical reason I was unable to look at the video before, but I listened to the two
Melanie Spanswick
Date: 2/8/2013
Great post - and all so true :-)
Date: 10/24/2013
Please observe one guideline: please wait to begin piano lessons until the child is old enough for the nervous system to be ready to cope with all the complexities of piano playing. According to the fine piano pedagogy teacher I had in college, there is insufficient neurological development in children under age 8 to handle all the complex skills required in piano playing. (Geniuses clearly follow other rules, but most us us are hardly geniuses.) Personally, I refuse to knowingly (parents will lie) take a student under the age of 9. The line I use with parents, is, "At 9, your child will progress twice as fast with half the effort as they would at 8, so save your money and give the kid a break." Ages 10 or 11 or 12 is even better. My mother unknowingly started me at 7 1/2, and piano simply made no sense to me. School was easy, but piano, especially note reading, would not stick. I had enough dexterity, but was the most ghastly "wrong note Susie" you ever heard because my mind was not connecting to my hands. Finally, at age 10, I started flute lessons and in 2 weeks all the mysteries of treble clef disappeared. I jokingly told my mother to give me cello lessons to teach me bass clef, but she said I could learn that on the piano. (Too bad. The cello would have been a much better choice as a second instrument than the flute.....) Anyway, starting piano study too young is the only way I can explain my difficulties. Finally, when I took piano pedagogy my 4th year of college, I learned how one was supposed to think while playing the piano. Quite a revelation. So there I was, having to retrain my whole thought process at age 21. Correct piano thinking will never be second nature to me like flute thinking is, and I have never become really comfortable on the piano, despite a good deal of effort. So, please give your kid a break. Starting "too late" is never worse than starting "too early".
Date: 10/28/2013
Hi Kathleen, I have the opposite opinion from you. My kid started on age 3.5 years old with Suzuki Method, founded by Shinichi Suzuki (1898-1998)available for violin and piano. Right now my kid is 5 years old, just about to finish suzuki book 1. She's so happy with the lesson , and practice everyday. According to Suzuki's philosophy, learning music is no different than a child learning mother's tongue. It's the ear that is important. Toddler can speak because they hear it from parents, and no literacy required. Same thing applied to learning music for toddler. You can check out the children's performances on youtube. Learning music and foreign language should be started below 7. As dr.Makoto Shichida said, starting at seven years old, the ear is difficult to catch new frequency (different language has different frequency). Before children reach age of seven, they should have high exposure to chosen foreign language (watch movies, hear songs everyday while they're doing other activities). Best Regards, Linda

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