Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Guest Post: Benefits of Piano Lessons for Children

Hey all! I had my baby 6 weeks ago! He was born on August 17 at 8 lb 12 oz and 21 in long. Anyways that is why I haven't been on here at all in the last several weeks. 

Phillip was kind enough to write a post for you guys to help me out so I could have a little maternity time. So here it is, take it away Phillip!

Hi I'm Phillip Lenhart and I have a website where I give people tips and information on how to play the piano, how to read notes and how to learn to play piano by ear. Its important to always learn the basics before anything else. You can learn that here: http://pianosexpert.com

Benefits of Piano Lessons for Children 

Research shows that being musically inclined at a young age can improve how the brain process, giving way to better listening and understanding skills. According to the Foundation of Universal Music Literacy Research Materials, there are many beneficial attributes a child can reap when he spent his early years playing a musical instrument. It raises his IQ at the same time, helps him overcome some learning disabilities such as autism. Some benefits of piano lessons for children:

A child learns to handle stress and pressure with poise and grace.

One of the benefits of being a pianist at such an early age is they are more capable of handling pressures in life. They participate in various musical performances such as recitals. Because of that, they need to deal with overcoming their stage fright and anxieties. It is a known fact that in order to avoid those uncanny situations, a student spends ample time mastering his piece and practicing it over and over again just to be able to perform at his best.

It helps in the development of peripheral and cognitive skills.

Increased eye-hand coordination is one of the benefits of piano lessons for children. It is known that every child who can play the piano have this skill. Unlike other instruments, piano requires both hands to work independently. One had can move in a fast pace, while the other in a slower rate. This helps in a child's dexterity and develops his thought process. It also helps them to concentrate and remain focused. In order to interpret a note or rhythm, one needs to heed much attention to it so that he can translate those notes into hand movements on the keyboard.

Piano Lessons boost ones morale.

It gives them the idea that they can achieve anything. Especially if they'll do their best, focus on the task until the time they accomplish it. There is no guarantee that a child can learn his piece in a very timely manner. There will be moments that it will even seem impossible. They need to have numerous practice attempts to fluidly deliver their musical piece. It is inevitable that a child will get discouraged. Thus, if he overcomes that, there's always the possibility he'll succeed, be good at something. By the time he showcases his talents and realize that hours spent practicing the piece had been appreciated by the audience, he'll gain his confidence and self-esteem. Piano recitals are one of the best ways to boost a child's confidence and not become discouraged or frustrated.

It helps them express their imaginative side and embrace their uniqueness.

Every pianist expresses himself in his own unique way of performing, making him different from other performers. By doing so, he becomes recognized and stands out among the rest. They work under the close scrutiny of their mentors and judgmental eyes from the audiences. They need to get used to those and just embrace what they are, after all, music is a way of expressing what you are as a person and it is an outlet for your creativity.
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