Childhood is a time of adventure, of learning abilities, of throwing yourself into life wholeheartedly. It is also one of self-doubt and complex social interaction. All too easily, young people of all ages can have their confidence shaken. It is here that playing a musical instrument, particularly one as joyously rewarding and fulfilling as the piano, can make a real difference, boosting confidence and self-esteem for years to come.
Creating something beautiful with the piano
Learning the piano is a way a child can see the fruits of their abilities and their ability to problem solve. More than anything, it allows them to create something beautiful and remarkable from within, evidenced through nothing more than their fingertips. For them to see other enjoy their ability, be it at home or in a performance, is a major confidence boost.
Finding a voice
Musicality is a way many children find their voice. Those who already have confidence find their belief in themselves confirmed. Those who are shy can see their inner worth. A long relationship with the piano means a shorter relationship with self-doubt.
Better results at school
Not only that, but learning the piano has been linked with improved academic performance – a lesson in the rewards of hard work and concentration - and hand-eye coordination. To allow both hands to operate independently is quite a feat, and one that the piano makes absolutely essential.
Exposure to different music
That ‘racket’ coming from their bedroom is actually the sound of a different generation. They are getting as much out of their favourite artists as we did from The Beatles, Oasis, or whoever. Learning the piano is a gateway to other forms of music they may never have otherwise been exposed to – and one that remains central to every form of music they will be accessing to this day. The piano is a ‘cool’ instrument key to every great band. And nothing delivers confidence better than being part of a band.
The next Mozart?
Steady on! The young Mozart could pick out tunes on the piano at the age of three, and began composing by age four. By the time he was 12, he had clocked up 10 symphonies and performed for royalty!