How Piano lessons benefits your Child
Your child could benefit from learning to play the piano in ways that you may not be aware of.
It is well known that piano lessons
- help concentration and listening skills
- raise self-esteem
- increase hand-eye coordination and dexterity
- develop the ability to master complex thought processes
- instil a habit of self-discipline
- enable children to experience the rewards that come with hard work and dedication if they take exams, enter competitions or give recitals; and at the same time they learn how to remain positive when things don’t go well
These beneficial effects will last into adult life, even if your child ends their lessons after a couple of years.
Daily Mail press release
- Lavinia Ramirez played a perfect rendition of Mary Had A Little Lamb at her school’s end of term concert
- Her piano teacher called her ‘remarkable’ and claimed she was the best piano playing child in the UK
Her hands are so tiny her fingers barely span more than a few keys at a time.
She uses a booster seat to get level with the keyboard and it takes all her concentration to play without looking.
But even before she is three years old, Lavinia Ramirez has astounded experts – with her first public performance on piano.
A link between Playing the piano and improved academic performance
What is less well-known is that piano lessons also help with school lessons. The link was reported as long ago as 1997 by Dr. Francis Raucher, Dr. Gordon L. Shaw, and their colleagues from the University of California at Irvine. The particular area of the brain that benefits is concerned with spatial-temporal reasoning, which is the higher-brain function that deals with maths, science and engineering. Numerous studies show that children who play an instrument score significantly higher in maths and reading tests than those who do not: there is a particularly strong link between higher maths scores and children who play the piano. Other research studies led by Dr. Gotfried Schlaug, and separately by psychologist Martin Gardiner, confirm these findings, as do the SAT results for maths achieved by music students.
Your investment in your child’s futureAt Thames Valley Piano School we use traditional teaching methods that will develop the full potential of every child: every child is different. An important part of our duty of care will be to discuss with you whether your son or daughter is ready for examinations, or to perform in front of a live audience. But if you prefer your child to play for pleasure with no pressure, then we will ensure that they gain an appreciation of different musical styles that will broaden their general knowledge, and increase their confidence and social skills.
If our young pupil enjoys the learning experience, and you are happy with the results, then we will be more than satisfied.
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