I’m always asked if the piano is worth learning. Is it possible to achieve anything? Is it a suitable hobby? Or is it something which children tend to endure rather like maths at school.
There are so many reasons why both adults and children benefit from the study of a musical instrument. Here are my top ten, to encourage you to learn the piano:
1. Music brings us all so much happiness; it really is very central to our lives. It’s important to be given the chance to make music because it can offer an emotional and creative outlet.
2. Playing an instrument is an excellent source of pleasure and fulfilment, and can provide a deep sense of satisfaction.
3. The piano provides both melody and harmony, therefore it can be played solo without any accompaniment. This is not the case with many other musical instruments, for example, like the clarinet or violin which only produce one line, usually the melody line, so an accompaniment is often required.
4. It is possible to make coherent sounds on the piano from the very beginning because it has ready-made pitches, you just depress a key and it makes a sound. This is unlike other instruments where it can take many months of study before a pleasant sound is produced.
5. Mastering the piano requires a tremendous amount of co-ordination – you really do have to multi-task! – and therefore, this can cultivate a multitude of useful mental skills. It really focuses the mind.
6. It has been proved that both children and adults who take part in musical activities are happier and more sociable than those who don’t.
7. The study of music is an extension of the learning process and children who excel at piano playing frequently do well at school too.
8. Playing the piano provides a ready-made opportunity to perform. Performing is a beneficial skill for everybody. If practised regularly, it builds confidence, which, as we all know, is crucial for success in all walks of life.
9. It can develop a passion and an interest in life.
10. It’s fun!
All you need to do now is motivate yourself to get playing. Good luck and have fun.
Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.
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