While many parents feel that enrolling children in sports is a good way to condition their children (both physically and socially), an increasing amount of parents are now realizing that enrolling them in music classes brings many benefits to their children. Learning how to read and play music fosters personal growth and successful achievement. It inspires children to become more accepting of challenge and in the process, improves their overall self-enthusiasm, self-discipline, self-esteem and self-confidence.
The number one, most popular instrument for taking music lessons is still the piano. One of the many reasons for this is because a piano’s tone is appealing to just about anyone. The sound of a piano in the house is pleasant, and, unlike stringed and wind instruments, is never off-key. The tone of a piano is “transparent,” that is, it is less disruptive to other goings-on at home; quite different than the honk of a clarinet, the repetitive banging sound of a drum set or the blaring tone of a brass instrument. Pianos are extremely versatile and can play any style of music, from classical, jazz, blues, rock and roll, pop, contemporary to whatever style of music one prefers.
The piano, in many ways, is music. The notes on the piano are laid out visually and in alphabetical order. Everything about learning music just makes more sense than on any other instrument, where the musical notes are laid out in a series of exact fingerings. Pianos are very unique instruments capable of playing melodies, chords and accompaniment (background parts) at the same time. Playing or practicing alone yields a complete song, not just one part. And, of course, you can sing along and develop your voice while playing the piano. The bottom line is: pianists tend to comprehend music much better.
Playing the piano helps kids develop coordination, specifically, hand-eye coordination. Kids will learn how to use both their hands in completely different ways at the same time, and their eyes will learn how to read two completely different lines of music simultaneously. Hand and eye coordination helps sharpen the nervous system and will keep their brains developing even throughout adulthood.
Concentration will also improve in young children's minds, because not only do they have to learn different musical pieces, but they will have to memorize songs as well. Their brains will also have to learn how to sight read (which can be very challenging in the beginning), how to recognize chords, and how to use the foot pedals. Going hand in hand with concentration is discipline, because it takes both discipline and concentration to master a piece of music.
Playing the piano will also boost your child's self-esteem. Every performance they give will be the culmination of hours of diligent work, and their music recital is equivalent to a sports championship. The thought of giving a personal recital can be quite nerve-wracking, but like most things "worth it", the adrenaline rush and sense of accomplishment at the end makes the whole process worthwhile. If children stick with piano lessons, and continue to move ever higher on the difficulty ladder, their recitals will take on even greater significance, as it can lead to a life-long career in professional music.
Not only that, but learning how to play music makes you smarter. Music is mathematical in scope. Children process more math while playing a single song than many of their friends do in a week. Decades of reputable studies show that children who study music average at least 36% higher math scores, 22% higher verbal scores, and 12% higher IQ scores. Learning to play a musical instrument like the piano can be a lot of fun. Children enjoy expressing themselves and playing music is one of the best vehicles for self-expression. Playing music is relaxing, soothing, and helps calm the mind. It also helps to relieve anger and frustration.
Once a child takes a particular likening to piano, they often times realize that there are many career opportunities for professional piano players. In fact, being an accomplished piano player is a highly respected job and can earn oneself a respectable amount of financial compensation. Not only are there numerous opportunities for professional pianist positions in symphony orchestras, but studio musicians, television musicians, soundtrack musicians, piano bars, piano lounges, high class hotels, and casinos all pay top dollar for good piano players. It just goes to show that when a person is given the gift of music and begins playing the piano in earnest, the benefits and rewards are indeed endless.
Greetings to Everyone and A Big Welcome to Infinity Music Studio! My name is Suzanne Brittania. I have been teaching piano and voice lessons for over 40 plus years. It is my hope that you will find all the following information, along with the music videos listed within my blog, to be very interesting, helpful and inspiring all throughout your own musical journey.
The videos listed below are of famous opera stars (that I performed with extensively all throughout my earlier musical career) especially during the 1950's and 60's.
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