Benefits of Playing Piano
Q: What are the “3 C’s”?
A: They are Concentration, Coordination and Confidence — the key non-musical benefits a child receives from taking piano lessons.
Q: Is it true that children take to music naturally?
A: Babies typically are introduced to music through lullabies. As children grow, songs and music play a vital role in their development.
Q: How can children improve their performance in school?
A: By learning and practicing the piano. When a child concentrates at the piano, he or she develops good study habits that transfer to other endeavors.
Q: What do piano lessons and athletics have in common?
A: Piano lessons require a child to use eyes, ears, arms, legs, feet and all ten fingers. This is an excellent way to help develop hand-eye and body coordination on the athletic field.
Q: How can my child become more outgoing and have better self-esteem?
A: Learning to play music on the piano increases a child's confidence. Over time, this accomplishment develops into greater assurance and pride.
Q: Should you try to make your child a concert pianist?
A: Of course not. The overriding goal of studying piano is not necessarily preparing for the concert stage, but to enjoy the experience and gain benefits such as concentration, coordination and confidence.
Q: Why is the piano an educational tool for children?
A: It is a constructive way to learn how to concentrate and get more out of school. It is also much better for a child to sit and play the piano each day than to sit in front of the television for hours.
Q: Can a music teacher make a difference in a child’s development?
A: Very much so. This relationship helps a child mature by providing careful instruction, guidance, confidence and praise, while instilling a “can do” attitude.
Q: Can playing the piano make your child a success in life?
A: Nothing guarantees success, but observations by psychologists have shown that children who play the piano usually earn better grades, are more self-confident and use the benefits of their piano training throughout their life.
Q: Can the piano be considered an investment in a child’s future?
A: This is the perfect way to describe what piano lessons can do for a child because the benefits go beyond just learning to appreciate music. As a child learns to concentrate at the piano, he or she is developing skills that last a lifetime.
Here are a variety of questions and answers for parents about the role of piano study in child development.