Improve study habits: Students will be challenged to set goals and given the tools to evaluate progress and meet those goals on their own.
Hand-eye coordination: Piano study involves visual, kinesthetic, and aural awareness. Eyes, ears, and body all work in sync. When a fighter pilot (the former student of another piano instructor) was asked what prepared him the most for his job, he attributed his hand-eye coordination and quick reflexes to the years of piano lessons he'd had in the past.
Fine Motor Skills: Piano students have spent much time developing the many small muscles in their hands and developing control over each part of each finger. Piano lessons look great on many resumes and applications, even to medical schools. If you think about it, would you rather have a surgeon operate on you who has had many years of piano lessons, thus developing the small muscles in their hands, or a surgeon who had taken no lessons at all?
Brain Power: Studies show that studying music strengthens right and left brain pathways, leading to higher special reasoning, concentration, memory and adaptability.
Self esteem: Music is easily shared with others, giving students a sense of achievement and confidence.
Lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music: Studying piano will expose you to many different types of music from classical, jazz, blues, popular, contemporary Christian, accompaniment, and more!
- "Athletes in sports are the athletes of the large muscle groups. Pianists are the athletes of the small muscle groups."
Investing in your Children:
As a parent, you undoubtedly realize the importance of preparing your children for the future. Since education is one of the key elements to future success, if you were shown a way to increase your child's I.Q. right now, wouldn't that be a step in the right direction? In recent studies, there is a profound link between music and intelligence.
In studies given by Dr. Gordon Shaw and Dr. Frances Rauscher on "The Mozart Effect", students who received piano lessons performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial temporal ability. Studies show that music instruction enhances the brain functions needed for both mathematics and science. Children who take piano lessons also learn other valuable qualities such as concentration, coordination and confidence. The investment you make now can later turn into scholarship money later because of the higher SAT/ACT scores, saving you money in the long run.
"With music lessons, because there are so many different facets involved--such as memorizing, expressing emotion, learning about musical interval and chords--the multidimensional nature of the experience may be motivating the [IQ] effect," said study author E. Glenn Schellenberg, of the University of Toronto at Mississauga.