Five Benefits Of Taking Piano Lessons

If you're like many modern parents, you're more than a little concerned at the growing use of electronic screens for everything from communication to education—and naturally, you want to raise a well-rounded child who doesn't go through life with their face in a screen during the majority of their waking hours. You're probably already aware that many kids don't get enough physical exercise these days and are making an effort to ensure that yours are involved in sports as well as activities such as hiking and biking with the family on weekends. However, you may be at a loss to find activities and pastimes that promote intellectual development in children that don't involve screen time—after all, most children are even reading books and learning new languages on a screen these days. 

Fortunately, there are ways for your child to learn and grow that don't involve being in front of a screen—music lessons, for instance, have many benefits. Following are just five of the many advantages of getting your child private piano lessons. 

Your Child May Perform Better in Math

Research indicates that children who are taught music skills do better in math. In one study, students in the second grade who were given piano lessons for four months did substantially better on math tests than their counterparts who didn't have lessons. Basic counting, fractions, ratios, and intervals are all concepts that math and music have in common. Music also introduces children to proportional math, which is essential for understanding college-level coursework in science, and it also promotes good memory skills. 

Your Children Will Develop Concentration Skills

Reading and playing music requires a significant amount of focus—your child will learn to interpret individual notes as well as rhythms and translate these to finger movements on the keyboard. These concentration skills are transferable to many other activities and will serve your child well in a variety of undertakings. Studying, for example, will come much more easily to a child who has mastered a skill requiring a substantial ability to focus. 

Your Child Will Be More Culturally Well Rounded

Very few children who take piano lessons go on to become fully fledged concert pianists, but the vast majority of them develop an understanding and love for music that lasts a lifetime. Even children who only take lessons for a year or so receive a good introduction to classical music as well as modern music. 

Your Child Will Learn Patience and Discipline

Few things will teach your child patience and self-discipline better than learning to play the piano. This instrument requires a great deal of dedicated practice, and children will have to develop serious self-discipline in order to complete their necessary practice sessions when they would probably rather be playing outside or playing games on a computer screen. The first simple song your child will master will take hours of practice, but the result will be well worth it, and your child will learn that hard work and effort pays off in the end. 

Your Child Will Gain Self-Esteem

Being able to play an instrument will also increase your child's self-esteem. Most piano lessons involve public or semi-pubic recitals where the student performs for family, friends, and other students and their families and friends, which helps conquer feelings of shyness and awkwardness. Recitals usually involve dressing up in nice clothing, which further elevates the self-esteem of those participating. Even if a recital isn't a part of the picture, being able to produce a beautiful piece of music is bound to increase anyone's self-confidence.

Contact a piano school in your area for more information on piano lessons for your child.