Learning to play the piano isn’t just about giving children the opportunity to learn an instrument. Research has shown the positive impact learning a musical instrument can have on your child’s brain. The benefits of which, will stay with your child into adulthood. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are thinking about introducing music into your child’s daily activities.
Improves Reading and Comprehension Skills
Identifying notes and their meaning, how to play them and connect them to the next note, requires constant reading and understanding. It increases a child’s ability to store and retrieve information, which in turn can help when it comes to reading literature. If a child understands how to read and understand music, they will approach any form of literature with the same confidence and skillset.
Improves Maths Skills
Music and math have many parallels, even though we think of music as such a creative outlet and math to be much more structured. Learning scales, rhythms and beats; would require a child to learn how to divide and make fractions. They would need to recognise patterns, which is all very mathematical. Understanding certain areas of math which directly relates to the music they are also learning, is going to vastly enhance your child’s progression in school. Giving them a helping hand when getting to grips with the basics.
Ability to Explore Self Expression and Reduce Stress
Every creative outlet we expose our children to at a young age will help them to express themselves. Something as simple as giving a child a crayon and a piece of paper; you are actively encouraging them to express what they think and feel. Playing an instrument is no different. They will be able to use that instrument to demonstrate how they feel, perhaps even before they know how to say it in words. Or they may even find it difficult to say how they feel in words. This no pressure approach to expressing how you feel, can help reduce levels of stress. Playing the piano can help to refocus the mind and shut down the body’s stress response. Allowing a child to better cope with anxiety.
Exposure to History and Other Cultures
Music has deep historical roots, from Jazz to Blues, to Folk and Classical. Exposing children to all genres of music, will enable them to see the origins in which they came from. Having a connection between something they enjoy and something you wish them to learn, can be advantageous. If they enjoy Jazz, expose them to 19th/20thcentury African American history.
When you have an instrument, a piano being no exception, they do require upkeep. Encouraging them to maintain their piano creates a level of responsibility. Being responsible for their own instrument and seeing what can happen if they do not take care of that responsibility, will give your child consequences to their actions. If they are not responsible, they don’t get a well-maintained instrument they can play, if they do take on the responsibility they do.
We really hope this has given you an insight into how beneficial learning a musical instrument can be for your child. The next step is choosing your piano, don’t worry we can help with that too! For more information, visit www.countrywidepianos.co.uk