5 reasons why playing the piano is important for children

Despite all the peculiarities that other instruments have, we can say that the piano is the instrument with the most possibilities.

The piano produces both the lowest and highest notes, which helps musicians express themselves more easily. In addition, it is also a harmonic instrument and easily becomes part of any chamber ensemble, modern band or orchestra.

That’s why the piano is always a good choice to start music education.

But what we wanted to write about this time is the influence of playing the piano on the overall development of the child.

Playing the piano increases concentration and focus in children

It is known that playing any musical instrument activates a large number of centers in the brain, especially if the music is produced based on sheet music.

In the process of playing, at first the brain notices notes, on the basis of which the fine motor skills are activated and produces the given tones on the instrument. In the same fraction of a second, there is an auditory check of the accuracy of the produced notes, and then a continuous repetition of this process for as long as the composition lasts.

It should be borne in mind that notes are not checked by ear only for their pitch and duration, but also for their dynamics and context. Namely, each tone is part of a larger musical whole that should be built, so every musician must have a parallel awareness of both smaller and larger wholes that he builds through music.

In addition to this, classical music in itself has an aesthetic dimension that, as much as it can be felt naturally, young musicians must also work on building their musical taste. And speaking of feelings, with the performance of music there is always an emotional aspect, because that is most often the initial motivation for learning a musical instrument.

When it comes to the piano, it activates brain even more than other instruments because both hands play different content.

Based on all of the above, it is unnecessary to emphasize how much playing (the piano) increases concentration in children and how much it can have a positive impact on all spheres of children’s development.

Piano lessons have a positive effect on your child’s mental health

In this day and age, when due to the increased influence of modern technology, children often fall into phases of listlessness and insufficient sense of purpose, playing the piano will bring refreshment to their lives.

It is known that doing art ennobles the human spirit and gives a sense of higher meaning which is crucial in the mental health of every individual. Connecting with the top reaches of world art gives us a better insight into ourselves, and timeless beauty is something that can and should be admired.

Along with the beauty of art, the social aspect of playing the piano is also important. With us, at the International Music School “Eva Music”, there are always social gatherings, as well as the planning of joint activities and concerts. Entering a music school is entering a new world where artistically inclined children can create their own reality with others, in which they feel comfortable and accepted.

Playing the piano as a powerful tool for boosting self-confidence

Is there anything that has a more positive effect on a child’s self-confidence than well-deserved praise and a successful public performance? At the “Eva Music” music school, your child will get both.

Once we have mastered public speaking skills in playing the piano or other instruments, that ability can be easily applied to other types of public speaking. Whether it’s answering questions at school or giving a presentation at college, all the way to job interviews, the feeling of functioning under a porch can easily be applied to all aspects of life.

As a result, the child’s self-confidence grows and it walks more confidently in the world, facing new situations more easily.

Piano lessons have a positive effect on discipline and patience

In order to get to a public performance or to pass the piano exam, it is necessary to work regularly on the way to the goal. As the backbone of student motivation in our school, we have four performances during the school year, as well as preparation for the international ABRSM exam. This exam is taken according to the same standards in 96 countries around the world. It is an understatement to say that it is always a challenge to appear before an objective committee and successfully pass the exam.

Thanks to the smaller goals that are evenly distributed throughout the school year, our students are taught to work regularly in order to more easily reach the final – annual ABRSM exam through smaller achievements.

In this way, they acquire not only work habits, but also the skill to coordinate obligations from elementary school and music school, so that in addition to work habits, they learn planning and expand their capacities.

In addition to discipline, learning piano composition also requires a lot of patience because learning musical pieces requires numerous repetitions. Patience is also developed through learning to work on both larger and smaller units, as well as numerous details. In addition, with the piano, students must practice each hand separately before learning to tune them, and even after that.

Playing the piano stimulates creativity

After children overcome all technical and musical problems, comes the most beautiful part of the musical journey – making a musical creation. That’s the moment when we can let go. When the most beautiful ideas and noblest feelings land on a practiced musical structure. When by changing the performance of one tone we achieve a new context and when we enjoy the results of creation.

It is not rare that after playing countless melodies and chords, young pianists themselves begin to combine harmonies and try to become composers and creators themselves.

Let’s add that creative thinking also implies the ability to quickly find a solution in new situations. Learning the piano activates multiple centers in the brain simultaneously, and music itself is an art that happens in real time. During rehearsal, and especially during performance, we have to make decisions several times that can direct the musical flow. Thus, our evaluation system is accelerated and sharpened, and this skill is transferred to new situations in which we find ourselves in real life.

Conclusion

Learning to play the piano brings numerous benefits, starting with motor and intellectual ones, and ending with the development of creativity, imagination and inner spirit. When we play, music gives us a ticket to the new worlds, introduces us to composers, historical circumstances and unites us from within.

The sensitivity and timeless beauty of works of art are reflected in us and leave an indelible mark. This impermanence of art helps us to better understand everyday life, to deal with problems more easily, but also to better understand true values.