Why take piano lessons?
Studies show that children who study a musical instrument are more likely to excel academically, work better in groups, have improved critical thinking skills, and cultivate greater self-knowledge, empathy, and outlets for expression.
Here's what the research shows:
Playing an instrument has profound and lasting cognitive benefits.
Students who have been exposed to music education have increased verbal intelligence, math skills, and are more likely to learn a second or third language.
Students who participate in music programs show increased self-esteem by learning to persevere when faced with new challenges.
Playing music can help buffer stress and serve as a profound interior resource for children as they grow into adolescence and beyond.
“This is How Music Can Change Your Brain,” Time Magazine, December 16, 2014.
“Tuning Up Childhood: The Power of Playing Music in the Lives of Kids,” Deseret News, September 5, 2014.
“Your Aging Brain Will Be in Better Shape If You’ve Taken Music Lessons,” National Geographic, January 3, 2014.
Good Music Brighter Children: Simple and Practical Ideas to Help Transform Your Child’s Life through the Power of Music by Sharlene Habermeyer, 2014.
“Middle-Aged Music Man,” The New York Times, June 15, 2013.
“Every Good Boy Does Fine: A Life in Piano Lessons” by Jeremy Denk, The New Yorker, April 8, 2013.
“Music Lessons Early in Life Could Boost Brain Development, Study Suggests,” The Huffington Post, February 28, 2013.
“Mental Benefits of Music Lessons Echo Years After Practice Ends,” Los Angeles Times, August 21, 2012.
“Music Training Enhances Children’s Verbal Intelligence,” Pacific Standard, October 4, 2011.
Music, Language, and the Brain by Aniruddh D. Patel, 2010.
“How Making Music Reduces Stress,” WebMD Magazine, October 7, 2010.
“Sorry, Kids, Piano Lessons Make You Smarter,” Forbes, July 15, 2004.
“Music on the Mind,” Newsweek, July 23, 2000.
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