Learning to play the piano has brought joy to many children all over the world. It is one of the most accessible instruments for young children to learn and the study of the piano has long ranging benefits that will help your child both as a future musician and a learner.
- Develops fine motor skills
Many children in the 5 – 8 year old age range are still learning to co-ordinate pencil control and finger independence. Learning the piano helps children to discover how to use each finger separately and their fingers are strengthened as they use them to play pieces on a regular basis. Developing good finger independence helps children with their pencil grip, scissor grip and writing skills.
- Develops aural skills
Learning an instrument or being involved in music classes from a young age helps young children to develop their ear. Learning to discriminate between different sounds, pitches and rhythms are part of the basis for developing speech. Learning the piano helps to further develop these skills, along with helping children develop the aural skills necessary for becoming a good musician.
- Builds Confidence
Children who learn the piano at a young age often feel more confident with their musical skills, even if they go on to learn another instrument later in life. At the ages of 5 – 8, children are still exploring the world through play, and learning to play the piano in a way that fosters their exploring spirit enables children to build lifelong musical pathways in the brain that are transferable to other instruments. Having these musical pathways helps children, as they grow and learn more about music, to be confident music-makers who love learning and playing music
- Develops young children’s internal reward system
Recent research is showing that children who are internally motivated have more positive learning outcomes. Learning an instrument at a young age in an environment that encourages positive interactions with the piano and with music helps children to develop their inner motivation. As children learn to focus on and understand music, their desire to know and make more music grows. They become motivated not by external rewards like stickers or the teacher’s praise but by their own love of music. As children develop this love of music, most parents find that their children are very eager to practice at home.
- Develops Creativity.
The younger a child is when they learn the piano, the more creative lessons are. At the ages of 5 – 8, children still love to create things and are often eager to show what they have done. Piano lessons at this age often include elements of creativity such as writing finger number tunes and adding their own dynamics or ending to the piece of music. By fostering these creative elements so young, children go on to understand music theory, and its purpose for understanding how to play their instrument, better. Allowing students to be creative in lessons also helps them to discover the capabilities of the piano for themselves, which re-enforces their technical and musical skills on the piano.
We have worked with numerous young pianists at Hope Performing Arts Centre, and each one of them is thriving as they learn to play some of their favourite songs on the piano. Our “Piano Prodigies” program has been designed for children aged 5 to 8 years to help little pianists get the most out of piano lessons in a way that is playful and fun while still enabling them to progress at the same rate as their older peers. For more details about this program click here