8 Benefits of Playing Piano for Kids (& When to Start)
If you’re considering learning to play the piano or having your child try classes, it’s good to know the benefits of playing piano. There are many positive habits and skills that children (& adults) can develop.
Why Should Children Learn Piano?
Children will learn much more than just music in playing the piano.
They will achieve valuable skills such as self-discipline, mental concentration, a sense of timing, the ability to hold up under stress, memory skills and many others that will benefit them throughout their live
Research shows that music helps build children’s self-confidence, enhances complex reasoning and focuses listening skills. Early music instruction produces cognitive benefits in the area of spatial-temporal reasoning.
Early childhood music programs such as Kindermusik focus on fostering a love of music, rhythm, and self-expression. Early musical experiences can help children develop their singing voice, build steady beat competency, develop listening skills, and give expression to their feelings. These valuable skills will benefit children when they begin formal music lessons.
Benefits of Playing Piano
From sports to dance and theater, each of these activities offers valuable skills and life lessons stemming from the good intentions of coaches and teachers. As a piano teacher, I am passionate not only because it’s beautiful but also because I believe that music helps to develop the whole child.
1. Piano Develops Self-Esteem
I’ve taught several students throughout the years and have noticed a dramatic increase in the self-esteem of these children throughout the course of their music education. Many students, primarily younger children, tend to be shy and introverted during their first few lessons.
As novice pianists, new students tend to lack confidence in the beginning but, even after just a few weeks, I start to notice a distinct change in each child. They become excited about music and come to life. It’s truly magical to watch the transformation in each of these students and it’s an honor to witness their confidence grow through music.
One of my favorite memories from teaching is a young student who enrolled in lessons. Within his first year learning how to tickle those ivory keys, he decided to play in his school’s talent show. It’s that kind of enthusiasm and drive that thrills me as a music educator.
2. Piano Helps Promote Education
One of the most incredible things about a child’s growing self esteem is the shift these students tend to have in their education. As students become more confident in their musical abilities, that same sense of self tends to translate into a better, more positive experience at school.
There seems to be a correlation between learning life skills, such as playing an instrument, and better performance in the classroom. Encouraging our children to take on a new skill is an incredible gift that we can offer to them in their childhood.
3. Prepares Students for School Band
Piano teaches some of the key concepts that students will need to know, no matter what instrument they end up playing. I teach my students rhythm, how to read music, how to write music, ear training and theory. My piano students that try out for 6th Grade Band are winning in every district – Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit, and Independence.
This is an honor and great opportunity for them to progress with their musical abilities. Learning to play the piano provides a great opportunity for a child’s growth and development. Students that start lessons at age 5 are better able to grasp concepts and tend to learn more quickly than older children. Every year, I take my students to compete at the Mid-American Music Association.
I participated as a student and am honored to participate as an instructor with my students. It is because of this annual contest that my love for the art developed through the years and ultimately it’s what led me to teach piano as an adult. Give your child the opportunity to develop their musical talent.
4. Children Perform Better in School
Studies have shown that young children who have developed rhythm skills perform better academically in their early school years. Children who take music lessons also have better verbal memory skills than others and may find it easier to learn in school.
During lessons, children are also practicing to focus and learn new things. They are getting ready for the structure of schooling overall. Children who play the piano also have higher overall test scores!
5. Relieves Stress
There are many studies that show those who polay the piano have less anxiety and depression, as well as better overall mental health. The cathartic nature of playing the piano allows children to relieve stress and be in a calm state. It can also increase positivity.
6. Improve Physical Health
In addition to the benefits mentioned in number 5, playing the piano also increase hand-eye coordination and dexterity. This can benefit children in many aspects of their lives. Learning to play the piano also uses fine motor skills, so these continue to improve as children (& adults) practice playing the piano.
7. Learn from Critiques
While learning a new instrument, children will naturally recieve positive praise, as well as constructive criticism. In every aspect of our lives, we receive constructive criticism, so this is a great skill to practice. This helps children to prepare for feedback in the future and learn to take it in a positive way. Children will use this skill at work, school and in their personal relationships throughout life.
8. Improve Split Concentration
Playing the piano uses both your mental concentration and physical concentration. While it might be hard at first, split concentration becomes easier and easier. Over time, it becomes second nature for students. This will help in many areas of their life down the line.
When Should Children Begin Piano Lessons?
Around the ages of 7 or 8 years children typically begin piano lessons. You can also start them younger if your children are able to focus. The younger students start learning the better. Students that start lessons at age 5 are better able to grasp concepts and tend to learn more quickly than older children.
Children 7-8 are usually ready to sit still and concentrate and their hands are big enough to reach the keys. By age 8, children usually have developed the ability to do abstract reasoning which is needed for staff note reading. If your children are naturally focused kiddos, you can always start younger.
Where to Take Piano Lessons?
Lori St. Clair, from Lori’s School of Music offers piano lessons based out of Independence. Lori offers both classes and private lessons for students who wish to learn how to play the piano.
Lessons are super affordable for families – especially if you have more than one child.
A huge and heartfelt thanks to Lori for sharing her expertise on why music is such an essential part of helping our children grow! If you’re interested in helping your little one learn how to play, Lori’s School of Music is now enrolling for summer classes and private lessons. Call Lori anytime at (816) 478-4838 and be sure to let her know that iFamilyKC sent you!
Give your child the gift that lasts a lifetime…..Music!
From our family to yours, iFamilyKC