An experiment conducted at the University of California Irvine in 1993, published in the journal, Nature, showed that playing Mozart Sonatas to students before giving them a spatial reasoning test, (put a puzzle together), resulted in improved outcomes over students who listened to a relaxation tape or sat in silence before the test.
Spatial abilities and music share the same brain pathways.
An experiment at Appalachian State University involving very young children (three to four-years) over eight-months divided into four groups: keyboard lessons, singing lessons, computer lessons and no lessons. The keyboard group alone demonstrated significantly improved spatial-temporal reasoning after eight-months.
Often medical doctors are classically trained musicians and it appears that the mathematical and intricate training in music informs a capacity to learn complicated medicine. Currently, there is no conclusive proof scientifically of the connection between Medical and Musical.
It’s never too late to take up piano lessons for the first time or the second time later in life. A child should express interest in keyboards to ensure persistence because frankly it’s just too demanding a skill set to acquire if you’re not interested.
It’s fine to begin Piano lessons on an electronic keyboard. As time goes on, the student will know in which direction they’d like to take the Piano lessons. If it’s just for personal enjoyment, it’s fine to stay with a keyboard.
If it’s for classical Piano training then the student should be switched over to an acoustic piano. A Spinet Piano (the ones that have a low back) are inferior to an “Upright” which is a Baby Grand Piano, with vertical strings instead of horizontal ones. The action on the keys is much better technically for the student’s hand, and it sounds substantially better.
Ask around. Check and see how many students they have and how they’re progressing. Unlike public school you get to choose a piano / keyboard teacher. Have an eye for how well the prospective student is likely to get on with the teacher. The student should look forward to the lesson otherwise it’s just another chore.
Practice is key to improvement so if there are too many things in one’s life competing for focus then shed some things before taking on piano keyboards.
Once a schedule is in place, practicing piano will become part of daily routine. After a while, the student won’t be so “worried” about time, but will want to achieve goals set by the teacher. The student will need dedication in order for the craft to go from mechanical to musical. Encourage them to listen to a wide range of styles and genre’s in order for them to develop their own taste for music. At an early stage, dedication can be ingrained in a student by participating in Recitals, Talent Shows and Worship Services. It takes diligence and dedication – also sacrifices to make piano a beautiful craft.
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