Benefits of Piano Lessons
1. Enrichment of the Human Spirit.
It has been said that people are 80 percent emotional and 20 percent rational, that humans are powered by emotion, not by reason. Sit at a piano. Apply some skill. Go there.

I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. Billy Joel

Music isn't just learning notes and playing them, You learn notes to play to the music of your soul. Katie Greenwood

The whole problem can be stated quite simply by asking, 'Is there a meaning to music?' My answer would be, 'Yes.' And 'Can you state in so many words what the meaning is?' My answer to that would be, 'No.' Aaron Copland (Known as Dean of American Composers.)

Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life. Red Auerbach (Named the greatest coach in the history of the NBA by the Pro Basketball Writers Assoc. of America)

2. Self Discipline
Who doesn't need more of that? This benefit is a biggie for me. It is learning for yourself the association between diligence and reward, hard work and payday, sacrifice and the championship. I know children and adults who invest countless hours in becoming experts at watching TV, playing video games and "chilling out". And to what gain? I say, trade 30 minutes a day for a lifelong skill that will benefit you and others around you.
(For more, see Connie Steinman's insights at <>.)

3. Emotional Development
This study revealed an association between piano lessons and self-esteem. I am not a self-esteem nut, but I do want students to sense the support of their parents and take pride in their hard earned accomplishments.
Costa-Giomi, Eugenia. (2004) Effects of three years of piano instruction on children's academic achievement, school performance and self-esteem. Psychology of Music, vol. 32, no. 2, 139-152.

4. Brain Development
Coordination, memory and concentration enhancement are obvious gains from serious piano study (not the dabbling kind). Connections have been made between music training and spatial-temporal ability in preschool children, and in college students who just listen to a Mozart sonata.
Dr. Frances Rauscher, University of Wisconsin at OshKosh. Dr. Gordon Shaw of the University of California at Irvine. Neurological Research, February 1997.

In an analysis of U.S. Department of Education data on more than 25,000 secondary school students (NELS:88, National Education Longitudinal Survey), researchers found that students who report consistent high levels of involvement in instrumental music over the middle and high school years show "significantly higher levels of mathematics proficiency by grade 12." This observation holds regardless of students' socio-economic status, and differences in those who are involved with instrumental music vs. those who are not is more significant over time.

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