The following article is a guest post.
Learning any music instrument, such as the piano, isn’t just an art form, it is an opportunity to learn and improve on a number of different skills in both adults and kids.
It is more than just basic music training, as multiple research studies have proven that it has a profound impact on one’s brain by promising advantages that last a lifetime, especially in the life of a kid.
Why do we say that? Here are some genuinely good reasons why, as a parent or teacher, you must encourage your kid/student to learn the piano.
1. Improves their academic performance.
Multiple studies have proven that kids who started piano classes at an early age perform better in school.
Their spatial cognitive development, as opposed to other kids in their class, was higher. They were especially good in mathematics, the study concluded. This happened due to the ability to focus and concentrate better, enhancing their overall performance.
2. It boosts a child’s ability to handle stress.
The stress of stage fright can easily be overcome when kids are encouraged to perform in recitals or in front of an audience.
Besides this, it could also serve as a means to express different emotions one may feel such as frustration, anxiety, depression or happiness.
Moreover, by learning to play the piano, kids also learn valuable lessons such as goal-setting, dedication and self-discipline, etc.
3. It teaches kids how to split concentration.
One may notice that when learning the piano, it seems almost impossible to coordinate both hands to play a tune. Since all the fingers are playing something different, learning this coordination can be very frustrating.
But like it is said, practice makes perfect.
The more a child practices, the better this coordination becomes. This coordination, as a result, improves a child’s split concentration allowing them to focus on more than one thing at a time.
4. They learn to embrace their successes and disappointments.
Another great skill one learns from playing the piano is to accept defeat and criticism.
There will be times when a chord will be missed and the tune will be disrupted. This will be responded to, by criticism and disappointment, but the child will still continue to play after that and accepting defeat of the failure as a learning process, rather than discouragement, is a skill that can be learned when kids play the piano.
5. Gives them stronger hand muscles.
It develops dexterity in kids, giving them the strength that only adults have in their hands, at an early age. But in order to achieve the right posture of the hands, it is pivotal that the right techniques of playing the piano be practiced and that too, in the presence of an expert piano teacher in institutions like the Forest Piano Academy.
6. It increases their social participation.
The ability to perform in front of a large audience isn’t an easy skill to learn.
Even the most professional of performers suffer from stage fright. Since playing the piano requires that it be played in front of others, it boosts a kid’s social skills and alleviates stage fright.
This further helps kids to become more and more expressive and social with their friends and family.
7. It makes a child aurally aware.
Whether one struggles with the pitch or has natural born talent, paying the piano will only augment it. Kids who play are more likely to recognise and differentiate between different tones, chords and intervals, making it easier for them to learn music later in their life.
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