When you’re a small child, banging on piano keys and driving parents nuts is one of the most exciting things on the planet. When we’re toddlers, our idea of music is banging pots and pans in the kitchen. As we grow older, we start to notices the subtleties of music – whether it’s quiet or loud, played slowly or quickly, and what sort of instrument is producing it.
Then, we get old enough to try it. The appropriate age is different for every child, but most can start taking music lessons and begin making progress on an instrument by about age 9. For many children, the piano is a great place to start.
Learning the Basics
Learning the piano as a child will set that child up for musical success for life. Learning the positions and names of the notes as a child will make it much easier to pick up and learn any instrument later in life, or even in the coming years. If a child can learn to play the piano before getting to the point in school where he or she can join band or orchestra, he may be ahead of the class when it’s time to join.
Confidence is in the Keys
No instrument can be learned overnight, especially the first instrument you pick up. This is especially true for a child learning the piano. It will take practice, dedication, creativity, and positive thinking. Children are very good learners, especially if they’re interested in or excited about what they’re learning. That said, there will be hard times when they just don’t want to practice, or go to lessons.
Having the perseverance to stick with something is a great lesson to learn as a child. It’s a valuable skill that they’ll need throughout grade school, college, and life. Especially if performances are a part of the lessons, children can also gain confidence in themselves and their skills, and get over any performance anxiety.
Learning to Learn
According to the Creativity Institute, “Piano lessons help children perfect their natural learning processes.” Basically, there’s a natural process to learning the piano that can be applied to any other learning experience in and outside of school. Studying and remembering what the notes mean, problem solving when something doesn’t sound right, and cutting songs into shorter chunks to practice hard parts are all skills that children will need when learning anything, from math to science and spelling.
Enjoying the Results
So, as a result of learning the piano, a child will gain learning skills, confidence, creativity, and dedication. These are skills that children will take with them throughout school and into adulthood. There will be setbacks, but also a lot of fun and proud moments. While playing the piano won’t be for every child, those who can get into it and excel will reap the benefits for years to come. For those who don’t get into the piano, there are many other hobbies that foster the same growth, such as playing other instruments, joining dance, learning how to paint, joining a sport, and more.
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This is a guest post. Joli D. writes for Midwest Musical Imports, serving musicians around the world with new and used instruments, instrument accessories, instrument repair, and more. Our staff of trained instrument specialists and highly skilled repair technicians are here to provide you with instrument care and expertise.