Taking music lessons is more important than simply learning about music. I honestly and truly believe that children who take piano lessons get better grades in school and are likely to be more successful in life. Learning how to play an instrument teaches you how to focus and how to work hard. There are some pretty incredible benefits!
5 Reasons Your Child Should Take Piano Lessons
How many times have you heard someone say “I wish I knew how to play the piano!” or “I wish I didn’t quit taking piano lessons!” I hear it all the time from people who took a year or two of piano lessons. Or maybe they never had the opportunity to take lessons at all?
If you’re thinking of signing up your child for lessons, I definitely recommend giving it a try! There are some pretty amazing cognitive benefits, even if it’s only for a short time!
1. Piano Lessons Teach Your Child How to Concentrate,Work Hard and Push Themselves
It’s not easy to sit at the piano and practice every day. It takes patience, focus and discipline. People who know how to persevere when things are difficult are more likely to succeed when they try new things. And the more opportunities we give our children to challenge themselves, the more likely they’ll be to push themselves in other areas of their lives.
Whether it’s learning a challenging piece of music, studying for high school exams, or graduating from law school, learning how to sit down, concentrate and work hard is a skill that will benefit them their entire life.
2. It Improves Speech, Reading Ability, Listening Skills, and Creativity
How’s that for a list!? I could go on and on about all the research that’s been done and all the benefits that music has on cognitive ability. Believe me, there’s a LOT of ways music helps the brain. But since I’m not an expert on the science behind it I won’t try to rewrite it all here. You can read all about the Benefits of Music Education for yourself. It’s pretty amazing!
Even if your child only takes music lessons for a short period of time, there are tons of benefits. Learning how to play an instrument is essentially the same as learning a different language, so it kind of makes sense that it would trigger similar parts of the brain.
3. Children Become Better at Sensing Feelings, Emotions, and Mood
There are subtle changes in our voices that can indicate our moods and emotions. Similarly, there are changes in music that allow us to sense emotion. Changes in tone, changes in volume, changes in melody. It’s incredible how much “feeling” you can interpret from listening to a piece of music! Piano lessons help children learn a surprising amount about feelings and empathy.
Research shows that children who have taken music lessons are better able to hear the subtle differences in tone – in both music and speech. It helps them to become better listeners and to better understand the emotions that people are trying to convey through normal conversation.
4. Performing in Public Builds Confidence
It takes a lot of courage to sit in front of a large group of people and trust your nervous fingers to play a beautiful melody. It builds self confidence that will help your child throughout their entire life.
Even in my own career, there have been times when I’ve stood in front of large groups of people, all staring at me, waiting for me to say something. At first I’m terrified, but then it dawns on me, it doesn’t matter what I’m talking about, it’s way easier to speak to them than to sit down and play the piano for them. And all my nervousness disappears. It was like all those music performances set me up to be confident at speaking in front of groups of people. It took me years to realize how beneficial it really was.
5. It’s a Pretty Amazing Skill to Have!
I’ve explained a few of the cognitive benefits of taking piano lessons, but one thing I need to mention is that when you know how to play the piano, it feels AMAZING. It’s an incredible feeling to be able to sit in front of a piano, read musical notes on a page and watch (and listen to) your fingers playing something breathtakingly beautiful.
Whether you’re a 6 year old playing a melody for the first time, a teenager conquering a challenging piece of music, or a parent playing Christmas carols for their children – it makes you feel pretty awesome to be able to make music.
I am a classically trained piano teacher in the Pitt County area whose passion is to teach ordinary kids to do something extraordinary with music. The musical success of my students drives my passion for excellence. I am always aspiring to teach the piano in a challenging, yet clear and practical manner.
I began studying piano at the age of 7 and organ at the age of 17. I am a dedicated and enthusiastic piano teacher with a Master of Church Music degree in music education and a Bachelor of Music degree in church music and over twenty five years of piano teaching experience. My in-home teaching studio is conveniently located in Winterville south of Greenville.
In addition to my teaching, I am also the Director of Music Ministry/Organist at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church in Greenville.
I want to produce students who play accurately and wonderfully expressively. I want them to be independent enough to figure out how to play familiar as well as unfamiliar music, both by ear and through reading musical notation. I want them to be intelligent musicians, able to understand and describe music they are hearing.
I have training and teaching experience teaching children and adults of all ages so no need for gimmicks or short cuts. Please keep in mind that not every musician is qualified or has any or much education and experience teaching piano. Cheap lesson fees do not necessarily insure that you will be taking piano lessons from an experienced and qualified teacher or have the best lesson experience.
New Students: Are you interested in joining the studio?
Students may begin lessons at any time of the year. Lessons are for children ages 5 through adults. Limited openings available to contact me today. Feel free to call/email to ask if there is an opening in the schedule. If there is, I would be happy to speak with you to determine if it will be a good teacher-student fit!
If you are looking for top-quality musical instruction that will give the student a life-long understand and appreciation of music, you will find it here!
“Time is not measured by the passing of years but by what one does, what one feels, and what one achieves.”
— Jawaharlal Nehru