Today’s school-age children have many choices of after-school activities. Here is a list of the benefits of piano lessons that may convince you to sign them up. Your child may not become the next Tori Amos or Chris Martin of ColdPlay, but he or she will enjoy improvements in many areas of his or her life. Read on to discover some of the benefits of music education.
Developing discipline, being part of the music and arts world, and acquiring skills that your child can be proud of are some of the many benefits to music education.
Improved School Performance: One of the most important benefits of piano lessons helping children do better in school. Research has shown that math and music are actually intertwined in the brain. While feeling and hearing the beat and working out the rhythm of a piece, and playing scales and intervals, children are intuitively learning how to divide, understand fractions, and recognize patterns. It appears that music wires children’s brains to help them better understand other math concepts as well.
In 2000, Francis Rauscher published research indicating that classroom keyboard lessons cause “enhancement of the spatial-temporal reasoning abilities of children.” (Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 15, 215-228). This simply means that piano lessons improve a child’s understanding of concepts that underlie science, math, and even engineering.
Learning a musical instrument also introduces a child to basic physics. For instance, by plucking the strings on a guitar or violin, children learn about harmonic and sympathetic vibrations. Even non-string instruments, such as piano and drums, give children the opportunity to intuitively explore these scientific principles.
Greater Hand-Eye Coordination: Piano lessons help develop fine motor skills, coordination, and dexterity in both hands. Music lessons in general promote coordination and timing, which are valuable preparations for other activities, such as dance and sports. Writing and other related skills are also improved.
Increased Focus And Concentration: Reading music and translating written notes into the correct tempo and rhythm require focus and concentration, and piano lessons provide an indispensable opportunity to develop these skills.
Neuroscience research has found that music stimulates areas of children’s brains that aren’t stimulated by other mental activities. This suggests that children involved in music lessons have more brain activity than those who are not.
Sharpened Memory: Music lessons offer opportunities to improve short-term and eventually their long-term memories. Children instinctively memorize their lesson songs incorporating ear training to help remember what to play.
Enhanced Music Appreciation: Learning different music styles, the history and development of Western music, and understanding how musical notes, phrases, rhythms and styles make up our culture’s musical compositions cultivates an understanding of the intricacies of music and composition. This fosters a lifetime of music appreciation for all types and styles of music.
Valuable Confidence: Effort, dedication and concentration are learned skills that are required to master any musical instrument. These learned skills also motivate an all-around drive toward excellence in other areas of a child’s life, giving a child’s self-esteem a considerable boost.
Performance, whether in public or in family settings, is an excellent competency which easily transfers to public speaking. And when children become advanced enough, they will possess musical skills that will help them stand out among their peers.
The benefits of piano lessons prove that they should be considered more than a fun, extracurricular activity. They should be considered as important as any other academic school subject and hopefully will become a vital part of your child’s education for a long time.
Piano lessons are a gift that parents can give to help their children do better in school, feel good about themselves, and add a bit of music to the world.