We've all heard that taking piano lessons can help children improve specific skills needed for school and social interactions. But, between church, dance lessons and sports, there is probably little room to add piano lessons to the schedule. If you've been thinking about starting your child in piano lessons but are reluctant to add another activity to an already busy schedule, you might want to reconsider.
Maybe your child won't be the next Mozart, (or perhaps he will!) But, he might have an easier time with math, practicing good manners (including patience!), and becoming a team player. Read on to learn the 4 Key Benefit of Piano Lessons:
1. Academics. Music and math are highly connected. By understanding rhythm, beats and scales, children learn how to create factions, divide and recognize patterns.
2. Coordination. Playing the piano requires different actions from the left and right hands simultaneously. Not only does this help develop hand-eye coordination, but also ambidexterity. Playing the piano can also encourage children to become comfortable in naturally uncomfortable positions. Enhancing coordination and perfecting timing can prepare children for other hobbies, such as dance and sports.
3. Patience. Learning how to play the piano can teach children about delayed gratification. It teaches them to persevere through hours, months, and sometimes years of practice before they reach specific goals.
4. Confidence. Piano lessons offer an environment where children can learn to accept constructive criticism. Knowing the areas that need improvement helps build self-confidence and teaches children that no one is perfect.
Whether it’s piano or another musical instrument, learning to play an instrument can be an important part of every child's education.