The Benefits of Piano Lessons for Young Children

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.

  1.  Develops fine motor skills

Many children in the 4 – 6 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 4 – 6, 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 4 – 6, 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. The “Piano Explorers” program has been designed for children aged 4 1/2 to 6 years to help little pianists get the most out of piano lessons in a way that is fun, engaging and musical.  If you would like more information about the “Piano Explorers” or to book a complimentary introductory lesson simply fill in the form below and we will be in contact soon.

3 P’s of Preschool Piano

Learning the piano as a pre-schooler will give your child a fantastic head start in their musical journey.  Nurturing a love of music is a key ingredient in the process of becoming a good musician. There are three vital ingredients in fostering a child’s initial love for music and for ensuring that they will make positive progress on the piano.  We call these the 3 P’s of Preschool Piano.

Play Based Learning

The main goal of a pre-schooler is to play, and it is through play that they learn.  The very best preschool piano lessons will include play based activates that build aural skills, note recognition and finger independence. Imagine your child learning correct hand posture by bouncing Douglas the dog on the dog house or note reading with finger puppet songs and games.  Hear them playing their favourite tunes on the piano as they engage in play based enquiry learning that will give them the confidence to play it over and over again.

 

Parent Involvement.

The children who make the most significant progress are the ones whose parents are engaged and supportive of what their child is doing.  The parents who respectfully observe their child’s lessons gain great insights into what their child needs to be doing to master new songs.  Your child craves your attention, so when you show an interest in what they are learning, they are more likely to engage enthusiastically, which will help them progress much quicker than a child whose parent is unengaged.

 

Practice

(just more playtime at the piano).

Regular practice or play sessions at the piano during the week are a must.  At four, your child will only need five to ten minute sessions, five days a week.  Make it an exciting part of the daily routine – something to look forward to.  During their practice time, pick some of their favourite activities from their lesson as well as the songs they learned.

Here are some ways to help them engage in their practice session:

  • Have them teach you how to play their pieces.
  • Challenge them to play them really fast or really slow.
  • Ask them to give you a mini concert.

Hope Performing Arts Centre can help your pre-schooler have a fantastic first experience learning the piano with our play-based group lesson program Piano Explorers.  You can find out more by following the link below

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Register below and attend a complimentary mini lesson below for your chance to meet the teacher and reserve your child’s place in our next intake into the Piano Explorers Program.

Introductory Lesson
We will contact you by phone to arrange a suitable time for your child to attend the studio.