Students are heading back to school now, and many of them will begin piano, or other music, lessons. We applaud you if your children are among those taking up an instrument, since various studies continue to affirm the benefits that learning to play music provides. A piano student is required to use his or her aural, visual, and tactile senses all at the same time, which trains these young people to have better concentration and attention and helps the neural pathways in their brains to function at a higher level. There are social and cultural advantages to learning music as well.
Part of our business philosophy as a piano retail store is to help you, the parent, find the best instrument for your child at an affordable price as she or he learns to play. However, once the instrument is purchased (or rented), parents play an ongoing and important role in the success of their children’s piano lessons through the attitude they take towards practicing and learning.
How do you feel about music study for your child? There are a couple of possible extreme attitudes, one being “My child is going to have music whether he likes it or not!” This is a “cram it down their throat” approach. Sometimes the child may be successful, but it’s usually in spite of the parent, not because of him or her. The opposite extreme is “We’re going to give our child the opportunity to learn music, and if she doesn’t like it, she can quit because we’re not going to force it on her.”
There are many things that children don’t like to do but need to learn as they grow up, such as eating properly, brushing their teeth, going to school, getting enough sleep, making healthy choices, etc., and caring parents help their children to understand that these activities are good for them and provide a lifelong benefit to them. These parents are firm in setting behavior standards, no matter how much crying, whining, or excuse-making the child may try. Along the same line, music lessons are good for children and provide many benefits to them for years to come. Learning an instrument takes time and practice. If you are willing to help your children past the tough parts in music study, much more than music will be learned. Help them to be successful, not only in music, but in life.
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