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The piano bench, it is an unassuming little piece of furniture. It needs its bigger companion, the piano, to carry out its purpose for being. Sure, you can stack stuff on it or play cards on it or, in a pinch, eat lunch on it, but piano benches are carrying out their reason for being when they are being sat on and music is emanating from the piano. The companion of the bench is the sheet music cabinet. Most piano benches hold a small amount of music, but they quickly become overloaded and music begins to pile up on the top of the piano. A sheet music cabinet solves this problem nicely.

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This unassuming piano bench can be either a beloved friend or an instrument of torture, particularly to the child who is given the priceless gift of piano lessons. Children react to or take to piano lessons in different ways. Some love the music and take to the practice quickly and with enthusiasm. For them, the bench is a friend. Other children, whether they love or do not care about the music, just do not like to practice. For these poor little kids, the bench is an object of torture. Sit them down on it and they will squirm and daydream and watch the clock until the practice time is over. What makes the difference between these two music students? I do not have the answer to that question, but I wish I did. Is it related to the amount of talent that the child is born with? Does it depend on the music that the teacher chooses compared to the music that the child enjoys? Does it depend on the ability of the child to sit still and keep his or her mind on the task?

 

The value of piano lessons, however, is inestimable. At the physical level, kids are able to begin picking up musical talent before they start school. Babies are able to match a pitch they hear and to reproduce a rhythm. And learning music is like learning language and learning to read. There is a cut-off point at which this learning becomes much more difficult. For piano lessons, this age is around eleven. Studies have shown that piano lessons at an early age make physical changes to the growing brain. Children who take lessons score higher on the verbal and mathematical sections of the Scholastic Aptitude Test. But benefits go beyond the physical. In later years, people who took lessons as children are open to greater musical pleasure in adulthood. One of my great pleasures is singing in the church choir. You do not have to read music to sing in the choir, but it sure helps. Also, listening to music is more pleasurable when you know something about how the music is put together.

 

While the piano is probably the best instrument for learning a lot of different aspects of music, a child who sees the bench as an instrument of torture might thrive on another instrument. Marching in the band is also a rewarding way to learn music.

 

Also read: Helene Goldnadel Discusses the Criteria to Consider to Learn Music

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Well there is no perfect age to introduce piano lessons to your child. The correct time to introduce piano lessons differs from one to another. Your child may have the ability to learn a new thing very early as compared to other children. It depends upon the overall development of the since they need to have the emotional and intellectual maturity to start taking piano lessons.

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Before you introduce piano classes to your child, you should consider the following points discussed by Helene Goldnadel a music teacher based in Los Angeles:

 

They should have Good Knowledge about the Alphabets - Learning music is not difficult if you know the alphabets well. They don’t only need to know the alphabets well from A to G but they have to know them backwards as well. If your child is quick with the alphabets, then it will be easier for them to grasp the music notes properly and rapidly.

 

Proper Knowledge of the Basic Mathematical Addition and Subtraction - To learn piano or any other kind of music, your must be well accustomed with the concepts of addition and subtraction. These mathematical functions play an important role in music. If your child has good grasp over numbers, counting and the above mentioned functions, then it will be much easy for them to learn how to play the piano.

 

Your Child Should Be Old Enough to Read - You should keep in mind that when music teachers give work to the students to complete at home, they write it down in the notebooks. If you’re not able to read then they will face difficulties in their piano lessons and this may lead to them losing interest in the piano lessons.

 

You have to guide your child to practice playing the piano so that they follow all the instructions given by the teacher. If you cannot read, then you have to help them practice as they will not be able to do so by themselves. You may even take the help of piano teachers for this.

 

Child’s Emotional Maturity should be Present - You have to determine whether your child has the emotional maturity to join and continue with the piano lessons. It requires a lot of patience to learn to play a musical instrument. Your child should be old enough to concentrate at least for half an hour at one go. If they are not able to do so, then it will be difficult for them to grasp the lesson and sit through the class.

 

Does your Child have A Knack for Music Naturally? - You should find out if your child has a knack for music from a very early age. You can determine this by seeing their reaction when music is played around them. If your child enjoys the music and claps or dances along with it then you know that they have a knack for music.

 

These are the points that you should consider before you admit your child for piano lessons. Research has shown that the usual age to introduce piano lessons to your child is around 7-8 years.

 

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