A Preparation for Life
Music can have a powerful influence on a child’s development from a very young age. Singing or playing lullabies for your baby is the first step to a lifetime of musical enjoyment and expression. It is an important journey, one with incredible benefits. In addition to stimulating creativity and adding social enjoyment, active music-making has been shown to contribute to making kids brighter in ways we’re just beginning to understand. There is an undeniably strong correlation between music education and the development of skills that children need to become successful in life. Kids who take piano lessons learn a lot about discipline, dedication, patience, coordination, sensitivity, the ability to memorize and the rewards of hard work. Playing the piano is an excellent way to strengthen eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. Students involved in music are less likely to be involved in gangs, drugs or alcohol abuse and they have better attendance in school.
Music lessons have been shown to improve a child’s performance in school. After eight months of keyboard lessons, preschoolers tested showed a 46% boost in their spatial IQ, which is crucial for higher brain function. (Francis Rauscher, PhD., Gordon Shaw, PhD., University of California, Irvine.) Scientific studies have proven that music participation (specifically piano instruction) increases a child’s ability to learn basic math, science, and reading, and students who participate in piano lessons score higher on standardized tests. According to the College Board, students with involvement in music score an average of 100 points higher on SAT tests than students who do not. The longer a student has been involved with music instruction, the greater the difference. Researchers probing the inner workings of the brain have found neural firing patterns that bear a remarkable resemblance to music—suggesting that music may hold a key to higher brain function. The piano is an excellent first instrument. No other single instrument matches the piano for its broad application of musical concepts. Even if your child chooses to play another instrument later on, the sense of melody, rhythm and harmony acquired with piano education will pay off.