You have probably heard that active participation in music making is good for your you. Learning to play an instrument builds persistence and patience by forcing you to work on a task for extended periods of time (sometimes months on end) before reaching your goal. It builds self-control, as there are no true shortcuts to mastering a piece. Learning an instrument builds humility and leadership skills – especially when you play with other musicians. It builds logic and reasoning, hand-eye-coordination, and so much more. Studies from around the world have proven time and again that making music enriches your mind, your emotions, and your body. …but – what you may not have heard is the best instrument for music exposure is the piano.
Unlike a violin or trombone (which have very limited tonal range and can only play up to a few notes at a time), the piano allows students to learn how to read, hear and write notes across the entire musical spectrum, including notes in both the treble and bass clef simultaneously. With this broader understanding of music, piano students can better comprehend the theory and structure of music itself. Learning why some notes sound good together at certain times and others don’t can be critical to developing improvisational skills, music composition and ear training (“teaching” your brain to better recognize musical notes, intervals, chords and more just by listening to them). By engaging both hands and covering a much wider range of notes, piano lessons offer a much more complete music education than you would get learning the guitar (for example).
Piano lessons also prepare students for taking on subsequent instruments in the future. Once you’ve mastered note reading across the entire musical spectrum, you’ll have a much easier time associating those notes with the desired sounds and actions on any instrument with a narrower musical range. You’ll even have an easier time learning percussion instruments (pitched or not) because you’ll already understand how rhythms work and how to read and write complicated notation. It is remarkable how much easier other instruments can be after mastering the piano!
Playing the piano is also (arguably) more fun than other instruments – especially at the early stages. Have you ever listened to beginner violin or flute students try to produce perfect, in-tune tones on their instruments? Luckily, piano students don’t have to worry as much about things like breath control, spit valves or tuning. Assuming they have a good quality digital piano or a well-maintained acoustic piano, piano students can focus exclusively on learning songs and exercises, which is certainly more fun than figuring out where your spit goes. Also, thanks to the rise of piano lessons apps, piano students can gain the ensemble playing skills that band and orchestra students learn in their homes as well. Who wouldn’t want to play their favorite songs with a full band or orchestra?!
So why bring a piano into your home today? You already know that music making opens a portal for creative artistry that spans the senses, including sight, touch, and sound. You already know that playing an instrument introduces a heightened degree of spatial awareness, hand-and-eye coordination, and enhanced multitasking skills. You already know that music making does much for your overall well-being… and now you know why your musical journey should begin with a piano.
The work of a pianist is never complete, and playing the piano provides a way for every member of your family – regardless of age or ability level – to expand their creative intellect. …so why not get started today?
Whether you’re looking for a good quality starter instrument or a World-class baby grand piano, we have a ton of great programs to help you get started. You can even rent a piano and begin enjoying the benefits of piano lessons right away. A recent Gallop poll found that 70% of adults wished they could play the piano, but only 20% consider themselves to be “active music makers.” The time is now. Don’t put it off any longer. Contact us today and let us help you get started on your musical journey!