What Are The Benefits Of Learning To Play An Instrument?
Have you ever wondered what the side effects of playing an instrument were? There are many benefits people receive with the continued study of learning to play an instrument whether it is emotionally, mentally or even physically. Depending on what age a student started taking music lessons the benefits can vary.
Playing an instrument is therapeutic
Tammie has been teaching piano lessons since 1991 and has shared the gift of music with children who have learning disabilities such as Autism, Asperger’s, Dyslexia, ADD and more. Learning to play the piano is a great form of therapy that helps students in different ways. Piano lessons help students with learning disabilities focus, and is a soothing activity that students are gaining knowledge at the same time. Many of the parents that bring their children to Tammie had also noticed improvement in their child’s studies and grades.
Learning to play the piano also helps children build their self-confidence. Anything that a person excels at helps you feel good about yourself. Learning to play the piano or guitar gives you the benefit of learning a skill as well as well as that feeling of accomplishment.
Physical Benefits of learning to play an instrument
For young children learning to play the piano can help their development in so many ways. One way is learning to play the piano helps with fine motor skills and control. The instrument most young children learn to play is the piano. Other instruments such as the guitar, drums, wind instruments and string instruments are easier to learn once the child is a little older, like around 7 or 8 years old. Piano lessons for young children help them with the accuracy and how to touch the keys and move their hands in the proper manner.
I’ve also had some adults wanting to learn to play the piano because they had carpole tunnel syndrome and they felt great relief practicing the piano, as it strengthens and stretches out the hands, wrists and arms.
Many adults also feel that taking piano lessons as an adult helps keep their memory sharp, and their brain functioning at a high level. This is due to the fact that you are using so many parts of your brain and body when you are playing an instrument and reading music.
Children who begin taking piano lessons at an early age receive many benefits.
Having your children take piano lessons at an early age, whether it is 3 years old or early elementary you will find that your children start developing some of the following from their piano lessons:
Children who also begin piano lessons at an early age find it easier to learn other instruments and will be at a more advanced skill level with the piano than their peers who started taking piano lessons at a later time in their lives. So even if your child’s dream is to learn to play the guitar, having a few years of piano lessons, while they wait to be physically able to play the guitar, will make learning to play the guitar a much easier task. Especially making sure that music theory is a part of your child’s music education. Because even though there may be some select things to know, theory wise, for each individual instrument, the core concepts will all be the same. Plus, music theory in itself revolves around the piano, so it is an added benefit for people who do learn to play the piano before pursuing other instruments.
For anyone looking for a great activity or pastime, learning to play an instrument is fun and educational for any age!