My son recently came to me and asked if he could take piano lessons. I was very impressed, as I had taken lessons when I was his age, and I knew that piano lessons for children were beneficial in a number of ways that went far beyond learning how to play a musical instrument.
I started on the piano when I was about 12 years old, and my instructor was an old lady named Mrs. Winn. She had been a high school music teacher for many years, and when she retired, she started teaching private lessons on the side. She told me that piano lessons for children were important for aspiring musicians, because they helped children to understand the elements of music.
I had always fancied myself the next Van Cliburn, so I thought this was a great opportunity for me, and then she told me that lessons were good for children in other ways, too.
I asked her what she meant, and she said that learning to play the piano taught children a sense of responsibility and accountability. Each week, I would play for her and she would critique me, and then give me music to work on at home. When I returned the following week, she expected me to know the music, and if I didn’t, I had to tell her why I had not practiced.
She added that piano lessons for children are also important to give them something to do other than watching television or playing video games. She said she loved hearing about children playing a musical instrument or participating in a sport, because they were being productive.
The most important reason my teacher gave for why piano lessons for children are so beneficial is because children have the opportunity to create something beautiful through hard work. She told me that even if I did not appreciate what I was learning at the time, one day I would.
Well, it is many years later, and I do really appreciate learning how to play the piano. It was during that time that my great love of music was first fostered, and it was there that I learned a number of important life lessons.
When my son came to me and asked if he could take piano lessons, I thought back to what my teacher told me all of those years ago. Piano lessons for children are beneficial for a number of reasons, and I am always grateful for what I learned from my piano teacher. I am just hopeful that my son has an excellent teacher like her.