Learning the piano can be a great
thing, as long as you have the right teacher and the right
resources, and as long as you learn music that you love. If
you love to hear it, then you will probably love to play
There are many reasons for learning
to play the piano. Most people agree that it is a beautiful
sounding instrument. Learning to play the piano, sharpens
the mind and body and it can be very therapeutic.
Do Your Children or
Grandchildren Learn the Piano?
Recently, research has shown that
children who learn the piano do far better in scholastically than
their fellow students. Not only are their artistic and
musical skills above the norm, but also their language and
mathematics skills are also improved.
Playing the piano also develops a
high level of manual dexterity. It's not just about playing
the right keys. Learning to perform complex pieces with
precision and emotion needs time and a human touch. (One
suspects this is why professional pianists have not been replaced
Children generally live 'in the
moment'. Many find it difficult to appreciate the value of
something until they are older. Learning the play the piano
involves hard, steady work over a long period of time. This
can mean that many children want to give up piano lessons before
they have really achieved very much; they can become unmotivated
in their lessons. It is therefore, particularly important
to choose a teacher for your children who can make lessons fun,
interesting and fulfilling for them. A teacher, who can
make lessons exciting and enjoyable for your children.
Learning should be fun, so it is imperative that children want to
go to lessons. In this way, they are likely to achieve
Adults are living longer, retiring
earlier, and maintaining healthier lives. Researchers have
also noticed that there has been a growing shift from a linear
life plan - one that reserves education for the young, work for
the middle aged, and leisure for the elderly - to a blended life
plan - one that blends education, work, and leisure at all points
throughout life (Cross1). As a result many more adults are
taking up the piano.
How many times have we heard someone
say, 'I never really got started trying to learn piano and have
always regretted it'. While many potential adult students
feel that they are 'too old to learn', studies have shown that
intelligence doesn't diminish with age, although the rate of
learning may slow down.
Generally, adults are highly
motivated to learn; they come to music because they want to, not
because a parent is requiring piano lessons. They also
often have greater self-discipline, drive, and enthusiasm.
In spite of their enthusiasm, they
are often more insecure, more self-consciou