"A piano bought wisely holds its value longer than almost any other physical possession.
Parents buying a piano so children can learn to play often assume that any worn out upright or cheap grand will serve the purpose. The reason for buying such a piano usually is -- “I don’t know whether my child can learn to play or not.” These same parents don’t doubt that their children can learn to read and write when they are sent to school. Any child can learn to play the piano.
Musical aptitude will vary of course, partly from innate musical ability and partly from the type of teaching received. However, there is no question that a musical education is one of the finest things that a parent can give a child. It often is said that a fine education is one thing that never can be taken from the owner. Piano study develops poise, rhythm, culture, is always a social asset, and well may be of greater comfort and value in later life than many of the compulsory subjects in high school and college. It seems that very few delinquent children come from homes in which they have been exposed to good music.
Compelling Scientific Evidence
A relatively new scientific study shows dramatic evidence of the correlation between musical training and brain development. For those of you interested in delving deeper into this science, take a look at the following:
A 2009 scientific study on the human brain proves a correlation between instrumental music training and brain growth. In the study, researchers wanted to investigate an intriguing observation: that in adult professional musicians, one part of their brain (the corpus callosum) is larger than that of non-musicians. This is the part of the brain that connects the right and left hemispheres and allows for cross-brain communication. You can find the study here. It was originally published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science. (Training-Induced Neuroplasticity in Young Children July, 2009
Here are two conclusions from the study:
"We tested the hypothesis that approximately 29 months of instrumental music training would cause a significant increase in the size of particular subareas of the Corpus Callosum known to have fibers that connect motor-related areas of both hemispheres. On the basis of total weekly practice time, a sample of 31 children aged 5-7 was divided into three groups: high-practicing, low-practicing, and controls. No Corpus Callosum size differences were seen at base line, but differences emerged after an average of 29 months of observation in the high-practicing group in the anterior midbody of the Corpus Callosum (which connects premotor and supplementary motor areas of the two hemispheres)."
"Our results show that it is intense musical experience/practice, not preexisting differences, that is responsible for the larger anterior Corpus Callosum area found in professional adult musicians."
Nine More Benefits of Piano Study
Enjoy greater self expression Develop mental flexibility and memory Develop greater musical appreciation Make family time richer Learn to play music you like Sightread music for fun Perform for family and friends Gain a lifetime of musical enjoyment Be part of a rich tradition
Call David Cutter For More Information (626)260-1615