Music learning is such an essential part of life. It is an escapable part of humanity, integral to every culture. See what the experts have to say:
"Students who participated in arts programs in selected elementary and middle schools in New York City showed significant increases in self-esteem and thinking skills."
National Arts Education Research Center, New York University, 1990
"The musician is constantly adjusting decisions on tempo, tone, style, rhythm, phrasing, and feeling-training the brain to become incredibly good at organizing and conducting numerous activities at once. Dedicated practice of this orchestration can have a great payoff for lifelong attentional skills, intelligence, and an ability of self-knowledge and expression."
Ratey John J.,MD. A User's Guide to the Brain. New York: Pantheon Books, 2001
"A McGill University study found that pattern recognition and mental representation scores improved significantly for students given piano instruction over a three-year period. They also found that self-esteem and musical skills measures improved for the students given piano instruction."
Contra-Giomi, E. (1998, April). The McGill Piano Project: Effects of three years of piano instruction on children's cognitive abilities, academic achievement, and self-esteem
Music is shown to be beneficial for success in four major categories: in society, in school, in developing intelligence, and in life. Piano is considered as one of the most popular instruments in the world today. It is viewed as the foundation of many music learning.
Piano lessons help children develop various learning skills in life:
- Children learn to persevere by not giving up easily when they work towards a goal.
- Children learn to develop courage by trying things that are challenging.
- Children learn to stay focused and achieve goals effectively by understanding how to use different approaches to difficulties.
- Children learn how to use their creative abilities and engage their imagination at the same time.