Involving your children in the arts, especially at a young age, can have a wide variety of benefits. All of the arts are incredible for physical, mental, and social growth but the piano is one of the best ways to help your child grow in all of these aspects. There is an exponential number of connections that are formed when you learn to read music, apply theory, and play the instrument. At Soaring Dance Theatre of Monroe, we offer piano lessons to all ages and ability levels. Our students learn to play the piano from experienced instructors in a fun, supportive, and relaxed atmosphere. We also encourage both our dance and theatre students to engage in piano lessons in order to help them become more well-rounded artists. In this article, we will focus on some of the proven benefits that piano can bring into your child’s life.
This can also be called divided attention, which is a vital aspect of playing the piano. When you’re playing the piano, the focus that you use can also help sharpen your concentration skills in other divisions of life. In order to play the piano, you have to use both hands, listen to what you’re playing, read the music, and utilize the pedals with your feet. This may sound intimidating at first, but once you become adept at using split concentration, you’ll find that your multitasking abilities in the outside world will also greatly improve.
Neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain that is able to form and recognize synaptic connections, specifically in response to learning or experiencing or following an injury. Basically, neuroplasticity is the ability of the brain to change, form, and function specifically when it is stimulated by some type of activity. Playing the piano changes your brain in the best way. Studies have shown that music has been able to stimulate the brain in a different way than most other activities do. When you play a new piece of music on the piano, you begin to form new synaptic connections, which helps prime your brain on other forms of communication. So in addition to mastering that difficult piece, you are also improving your memory, attention, speech, language, spatial and math skills, and your ability to convey emotions.
Improved Academic Success
Children who have engaged in the arts, especially at a young age, have done better in school in general and spatial cognitive development than students who did not engage in the arts. As we mentioned earlier, the split concentration and neuroplasticity that playing piano brings is also greatly seen in academic performance for children. It’s even been seen that children who study piano for two years or more can remember 20% more advanced vocabulary words than their peers.
Improved Physical Health
If you play the piano regularly, it can help sharpen your fine motor skills, improve dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. Music has also been seen as a stress reliever and can help reduce heart and respiratory rates, cardiac complications, can lower blood pressure, and even help boost the immune response.
It’s clear that playing the piano can bring your child many advantages and investing in their knowledge of music can benefit them greatly. With piano classes offered for children starting at the age of two, Soaring Dance Theatre cannot wait to help show your child the amazing aspects that music can bring them. Click here to register or contact us with any questions.