17 Jun How Are Piano Lessons Important?
Why is Learning the Piano Important?
Are you considering starting piano lessons? If so, what made you want to learn? Many students are interested in piano lessons because they want something fun to do, and playing music is certainly a great way to enjoy yourself! But playing the piano comes with even more benefits than that, which means you can learn your favorite pieces while building plenty of other useful skills at the same time. Read on to discover all the ways piano lessons are important!
Is Piano Good for Your Brain?
Studies have shown that playing the piano benefits the brain in so many ways. A fantastic infographic from Encore Music Lessons illustrates the variety of activities your brain juggles whenever you play the piano. You can check it out here on Classic FM, it’s the first one on the list.
To mention just a few highlights:
- You use your visual cortex and occipital lobe to read the two musical clefs (treble and bass) used in piano music at the same time.
- Your primary motor cortex, prefrontal cortex, and cerebellum help you count rhythms and keep time; the brain can subdivide note values in a variety of ways.
- The parietal lobe helps you gauge how much force to use when pressing down the piano’s keys and foot pedals.
Playing the piano hones your fine motor skills, cognitive abilities, and spatial organisation skills, and can also raise your IQ. Piano really can make you smarter!
On top of that, private piano lessons can also set children up for professional success regardless of what career they choose. Statistically, kids who take music lessons grow up to be high achievers, landing places in competitive programs as well as top jobs in their chosen fields.
5 More Benefits of Learning the Piano
In addition to the myriad ways it helps your brain and improves your intelligence, taking private piano lessons has even more benefits! To narrow it down for you, here are five more of the primary ones:
1. Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
It’s important for everyone to have things in their lives that make them feel happy and content. Piano lessons allow you to express yourself artistically by playing your favorite pieces of music that manifest a wide range of emotions. Playing the piano promotes relaxation and self-esteem, and makes you less likely to experience anxiety or depression.
2. Increased Focus and Discipline
Playing the piano requires concentrated practice time, in which you need to sit at the instrument for an extended period focusing on the piece at hand. During each practice session, you’ll be targeting specific aspects of your playing to improve. Building the diligence to work towards particular musical goals and focus on details of a piece is a highly transferrable skill, which will prove useful in any professional or personal aims you have—from coming up with a business plan to committing to a regular exercise routine at the gym.
3. Opportunities to Perform
Taking piano lessons introduces you to plenty of performance opportunities. Most teachers host student recitals periodically to showcase their students’ hard work. Even playing for family and friends in the comfort of your home is a chance to present your pieces to an audience! Performing can understandably be quite nerve-wracking for many students. However, building the confidence to play in front of others is an invaluable skill for so many things besides music, especially public speaking. If you can play the piano for an audience, you’re much more likely to also be comfortable giving a speech at an assembly or a presentation at work.
4. An Ideal First Instrument
Piano lessons are great for laying the foundations of many musical concepts: reading notes, counting rhythms, and hearing harmonies, to name just a few. Much of what you learn at piano lessons is good general musical knowledge that will prove useful if you decide to take up another instrument later. Because you can play many notes at once on the piano and it has such a wide range, it’s also an ideal solo instrument. So, you can play pieces that sound great on their own, no accompaniment necessary.
5. Physical Health
Playing the piano builds up your hand muscles, which can lead to greater dexterity in performing day-to-day tasks. Additionally, piano lessons have been proven to increase levels of growth hormones, which can help slow the adverse effects of aging and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Playing music regularly also helps decrease the likelihood of high blood pressure and heart rate while strengthening your immune system.
Is It Important To Learn The Piano With A Teacher?
Some people initially try to teach themselves how to play the piano, combining guesswork at the instrument with skimming the internet for educational articles and YouTube tutorials. There’s certainly nothing wrong with doing some exploring on your own, and it can help you determine how interested you are in the piano. But if you really want to succeed playing any instrument, it’s essential to work with a qualified music teacher.
A piano teacher will provide you with weekly instruction to guide your progress. On your own, it can be difficult to know where to start or if you’re missing any important concepts along the way. But an experienced teacher will introduce you to the piano in a gradual, accessible, and thorough way, as well as recommend specific materials for you to practice from during the time between lessons.
Your weekly lessons with your teacher will serve as checkpoints. At each lesson, the teacher will listen to what you’ve been working on since the last lesson and offer constructive feedback. You can then consider that feedback in your practice for the upcoming week, as well as tackle any new assignments your teacher has given you.
Lots of people wonder when they’ll stop needing a teacher, and often think professional pianists are experts who stopped taking lessons ages ago because they learned everything there is to know about the instrument. The truth of the matter, though, is that there’s always room for improvement and for a second pair of ears to critique your playing. Even seasoned concert pianists still take lessons and ask for opinions from other musicians to sharpen their skills and get a fresh perspective!
Excited to get started learning to play the piano and reaping the many other rewards that come with it? At Monica Frank Piano Studio, we can match you with a teacher who can help you reach your musical goals! To book lessons, you can fill out our contact form, email us at email@example.com, or call us on 07516 148393. We’ll be happy to help you start your musical journey, and look forward to hearing from you!