Why kids should learn to play the piano

28th July 2015

Learning to play the piano can benefit children in lots of ways and help them to acquire skills that they can use in other parts of their life. Let’s take a quick look at some of the main benefits:

Improved performance in school – it’s well documented that children who play instruments tend to perform better in lessons such as maths and science. Studies have shown that piano playing can help with spatial cognitive development and spatial temporal reasoning which is the part of the brain that we use to understand problems relating to mathematics, engineering and science.

Builds self-esteem – mastering a new skill such as playing the piano can do wonders for a child’s self-esteem. Learning to play the piano takes dedication, patience and a lot of hard work. These are all factors that can have a positive effect on a child’s ability to engage in new challenges and approach them with confidence.

Co-ordination – playing the piano improves hand-eye co-ordination, dexterity and motor skills. These are skills that can be adapted to many other parts of their life.

Concentration – learning how to read music or play a specific musical piece takes a great deal of focus, concentration and interpretation. This enables children to think critically and creatively about what they’re doing.

Open to new ideas and concepts – learning to play the piano can expose children to areas of music they wouldn't have previously explored such as classical music. This helps them to have a more well-rounded view of the musical world around them and gain a greater appreciation of the arts. Once a child has learned how to play the piano, then the skills and knowledge they have gained may enable them to learn another musical instrument that much quicker, therefore increasing their repertoire.

The skills, experience and knowledge that a child can gain by learning the piano will serve them well throughout their school and adult life. This is why every home should have a piano!

At Broughton Pianos we have a wide selection of pianos to choose from so if you’re looking to buy for the first time and need professional advice then please do not hesitate to contact us.