Perhaps the most cherished and valuable skill your child will learn in piano lessons is…how to play the piano! Like reading, music is a practical life skill, but also a source of relaxation and enjoyment that we return to again and again throughout our lives.
Those of us who were lucky enough to take piano lessons as children still enjoy sitting down at the piano with some music we like and…just playing. We can still take delight in impressing our friends and accompanying their songs. We still like to remind ourselves, from time to time, that we can make something sound beautiful.
So when you’re thinking about investing in your child’s musical development, bear in mind the many complex, interconnected, and far-reaching benefits that come with learning to play an instrument.
MUSIC ENHANCES YOUR SOCIAL LIFE
And no, that’s not limited to helping your child get dates during their teenage years (maybe best not to think about that yet…) We’re thinking of that complicated but so-important sense of self, which in turn shapes how we interact with others.
Studies have shown the positive impact music learning can have on self-esteem , but this just confirms what many parents and educators have already seen for themselves. As an outlet for creative self-expression, music can be a source of pride for a child, as well as an opportunity to reflect, experiment, and win praise from others. Children also learn to accept constructive criticism as something that can co-exist with pride and praise – there’s always room for improvement, but that doesn’t take away from everything you’ve achieved.
And of course, piano lessons are just the beginning. As your child grows up, there will likely be many opportunities to become part of a musical community. Whether it’s a school band, church choir, or amateur musical theatre production, piano skills are a great foundation to build on. Getting a head start on music means participating with greater confidence in a wide range of rich and fulfilling social activities.
Of course, all this depends on finding the right teacher – while a good piano teacher will carefully, gradually build up both your child’s skills and their confidence, a bad piano teacher can have the opposite effect. We recommend watching the first few lessons carefully, and then deciding whether a teacher is setting your child up for social and emotional success.
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