Why Should You or Your Child Take Piano Lessons?

Photo by Siniz Kim on Unsplash

Photo by Siniz Kim on Unsplash

Piano is a great starter instrument, and many Kids and Adults love it so much that they never learn another instrument. According to "Music Matters 101":

Piano lessons encourage child development, and they’re easy enough for kids as young as preschoolers to start mastering the keys. Before signing up your child for piano lessons, ask yourself these questions:

  • Is my child old enough to learn a musical instrument? (As Young as 3-4yrs is a good place to start)

  • Has my child expressed an interest (or aversion) to learning the piano?

  • Is There a Qualified Teacher in My Area?

Research proves that learning a musical instrument makes kids smarter, more diligent, and overall better rounded. According to the experts, the younger kids learn the piano, the more benefits they’ll get. The piano is a good gateway instrument because it’s easy to produce music without a lot of skill, which makes kids feel accomplished and encourages them to continue learning. Before long, your child will be playing full songs and begging for more.

15 Benefits of Learning to Play Piano - by Olivia Groves

1. Prevents Brain Processing, Hearing and Memory Loss

The ability to process auditory signals usually slows down as we age. However, participants of a recent study who continued to play music throughout their lives had helped reverse the decline of brain processing, memory and inner ear hearing loss.

Source: ABC News

2. Improved Counting & Math Skills

A study conducted by Martin F. Gardiner and his colleagues at the Center for the Study of Human Development at Brown University found that specialized musical training in specific increments toward greater difficulty boosted second graders’ math skills significantly above their peers.

Source: Brain Connection Education Week

3. Exercising New Language Skills

A study in the early 1990s discovered the “Mozart effect” in children, which showed early language development and spatial-temporal intelligence could be boosted by keyboard lessons for preschoolers.2 Additionally, a study by Dr. Charles Limb showed that pianists who solo use their brains linguistically as if they were responding conversationally and grammatically.

Source: Brain Connection & SciePub & Huffington Post

4. Improves Reading Comprehension

A 1993 study summarized in the Educational Psychology journal showed that the ability to discriminate between pitch, which is a fundamental ability you learn when playing piano, was linked to good reading performance. Additionally, learning to memorize music before performance exercises reading com