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The Piano - A Beautiful and Fun Instrument
Anyone who has an interest in music can learn to play the piano. There must be a willingness to to learn and the discipline to practice. Parents offer piano lessons to their children at a young age; however, one can learn to play the piano at any age. The desire to play this musical instrument is its own motivation.
A person can take lessons from a private instructor, online classes, DVDs, books, a good friend, or a relative who plays the piano.
Cost of lessons may vary from free to dollars depending on the teacher.
There are many different types of piano keyboards and standard pianos from which to choose. There is an instrument that will fit any budget. These instruments are available in table-top models to standard uprights. Models will contain their sound while manually striking the keys. Other models may require electricity in order to hear the sound of notes while playing.
Practicing Piano Lessons
Taking piano lessons has much to do with when the child is interested in playing this musical instrument. We have all heard of geniuses playing the piano as early as age two.
Generally speaking children can be introduced to piano lessons between ages 3-6. As a parent please understand that making a child take piano lessons is not the same as introducing a child to this instrument when they show an interest.
The maturity and the willingness of a young child to take thirty minute lessons with an instructor and to voluntarily practice fifteen to thirty minutes each day is a child who has definite interest in music.
Do not be surprised if the child plays for a year and quits. This is not uncommon as children are exploring and experimenting with different interests during their growing years. The child may want to return to playing the piano at a later date.
Adults Play the Piano
Adults have all the abilities to start playing the piano at any age. Why would you choose this instrument?
- It is one of the great classical keyboard instruments.
- This instrument is played sitting down on a comfortable bench.
- Piano players attract attention and admiration.
- It keeps the brain active as there is constant learning.
- Piano playing keeps your brain active.
- There are a variety of methods to playing the piano as well as hundreds of songs to be learned. There is never a dull moment. When others join you at the keyboard or to sing it becomes a grand event.
- You can inspire others to learn how to play an instrument, become a mentor to others who adore you, and it can also become a source of income.
- Keep your fingers busy, flexible, limber, and attractive.
- Anyone who plays an instrument never stops learning.
- The piano can be enjoyed as a soloist companion or a social catcher.
- It’s fun because music keeps a person’s spirit uplifted and happy, and it can be very therapeutic for other discomforts.
- Playing the piano will bring smiles to many faces and calm frazzled nerves to bring about peace and relaxation.
Selecting a Piano Instructor
The first instructor is very important as he or she will be the inspiration and mentor to the student. Often times the instructor has much to do with the length of time a child or an adult will be interested in taking piano lessons.
- Regardless of whether it is your child or you as an adult taking lessons you will want a teacher who is patient. It takes time to learn the piano and if your instructor is patient you will also be kind to your child and yourself.
- Does your teacher enjoy teaching? One can be passionate about their music but a teacher must also be passionate about teaching which demands excellent communication.
- A good teacher will want to get to know you. He or She needs to understand your type of personality and how you learn.
- Every student has to learn about the black and white keys, sharps and flats, practice scales and chords, and how to read music. Unfortunately, this can be boring. But...if the teacher can introduce songs which you like and that you can learn to play this is wonderful. Now learning to play the piano is fun.
Many Hands Playing the Piano
Piano Playing Benefits
A professional musician has learned about hard work, dedication to his art, and strict discipline which is needed to learn about their selected instrument. However, all of these efforts will fulfill a lifetime of creativity, entertainment for self and others, and personal fulfillment.
Benefits of Learning to Play the Piano
- The fun and enjoyment of playing music
- Enhancing your brain function which is cognitive improvement
- Eye-hand coordination
- Refining motor skills
- Commitment to learn about creating music
- Application of discipline
- The sounds of music are excellent for mental and physical therapy
- Social interaction
How To Select A Good Piano Teacher
Hezekiah from Japan on October 05, 2017:
I don't have a real piano but I play the keys on an Epiano.