After studying piano for two decades, I finally started to realize how grateful I was that my mom sent me to piano lessons persistently. I truly believe that everyone will benefit from piano lessons, and the parents’ investment will have a return eventually.
Here are a few reasons why I have found that piano lessons are beneficial to everyone, especially our children.
1. It helps them stay out of trouble
I cannot promise you that your children will be perfect or they will never have a bad day. However, the piano will help your kids to be more disciplined and organized. They are constantly setting goals and achieving them, e.g. practicing, recital, festivals, memorizing, etc. With the time that they are practicing piano, they are less likely to run into trouble and bad influences.
There are many activities children can take part in, and almost any after-school activity will build their character more than sitting at home watching TV or playing video games. Piano is one of the many great activities your child could be a part of.
2. Piano vs TV
Okay, let’s be honest: I love watching TV. I know how much time I could waste watching TV. I remember my mom used to encourage me to practice the piano by 1:1 ratio of my free time. For example, if I practiced piano for an hour, I got to use the computer for an hour.
Now, I no longer need my mom to tell me how to use my time. I appreciate the time management skills I’ve learned from my mom, and it is so important for kids to develop this skill early on. It takes effort to get your children to practice piano, sometimes with headache and frustration, but it is so worth it when they can actually play the piano and make music.
3. Life skills
As I have mentioned, kids develop different skills through piano lessons. There are life skills they will build and experience in and outside of piano lessons.
- Working under pressure
Piano involves hard work. Practicing is not an easy thing to do, but it is so rewarding when you achieved your goals and levels.
- Working through disappointment
There are songs your kids will have a harder time learning, and they will experience moments of disappointment.
Kids will work with piano teachers and other students for recitals, performances and even group lessons. They will develop better communication skills with others.
Playing piano is not easy, and kids will run into difficult situations when learning music. They are constantly learning how to solve problems and effective ways to improve.
Habits are developed easily, and it is so important for children and youth to establish good habits when they are young. Playing piano is a great habit to start.
- Moving forward
Bad performance happen! We don’t let the negativity bring us down. Instead, we move forward and use the experience as motivation to make the next performance better.
- Goal setting
We constantly set goals and make plans. When we learn a new piece, we make plans to learn it and be great at it.
Piano lessons help kids develop many skills, including physical, social, emotional and motor skills. I am always amazed at the progress of students and the maturity they gain while taking piano lessons.