Why piano lessons for kids?
“My kids don’t have time for piano lessons because of the amount of homework assigned these days. And besides, piano lessons are only necessary for kids that might someday want careers in music. And anyway, kids can learn much more cheaply and easily using inexpensive electronic keyboards and help from YouTube.” It is common to hear these types of objections to traditional piano lessons these days. But research over the past decade now shows that providing music lessons is one of the most important things you can do to help your child excel academically.
Did you know:
- Learning to play a musical instrument via traditional instruction that involves learning to read and play music accelerates a child’s brain development and increases I.Q., particularly if started before age 7. And this benefit does not occur from listening to music or to musical training via computer programs.
- In particular, musical training has been shown to lead to improvements in a wide variety of different skills, including memory and spatial learning for example. In addition, language skills such as verbal memory, literacy and verbal intelligence have been shown to strongly benefit from musical training.
- Music instruction appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills, according to initial results of a five-year study by neuroscientists of the Brain and Creativity Institute (BCI) at USC.
- Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) mathematics scores of eighth graders who had received music instruction were compared according to whether the students were given private lessons. Comparisons also were made between students whose lessons were on the keyboard versus other music lessons. Analyses of the results showed that students who had private lessons for two or more years performed significantly better on the composite mathematics portion of the ITBS than did students who did not have private lessons. In addition, students who received lessons on the keyboard had significantly higher ITBS mathematics scores than did students whose lessons did not involve the keyboard.
Pianos n’ Pianos is dedicated to helping parents provide very affordable and high-quality instruments for lessons for their development. We do everything we can to make this possible, including through our Piano Pathways non-profit organization that provides instruction and instruments for disadvantaged youth. Because we specialize in consignment (pre-owned) pianos we offer a very cost-effective solution to the need for lesson instruments. And we provide free trade-ups so that your child can inexpensively move up to higher performance instruments as their proficiency advances, never being limited by their instrument.
We urge you to consider the importance of music study in developing your child’s brain. If you live in our neighborhood you might consider signing your child up for in-store lessons with one of our experienced and gifted teachers.
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