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Sunday, October 9, 2011

5 Vital Tips for Piano Lessons

By Becky Carter

Music is a very important part of our lives. It does more than just please our ears "it is an integral component of human development.

One or two years back, there had been an experiment done by scientists at the Varsity of California at Irvine in 1993. (published in the journal Nature) They had college students hear Mozart Sonata for 2 Pianos in D Major, a relaxation tape or silence. Immediately after these sessions, the students took a spatial reasoning test (the facility to put together puzzles) and the students ' scores improved radically after listening to the Music. The rationale is perhaps because music and spatial capabilities share similar pathways in the brain.

Another experiment was done later on by researchers at Appalachian State College and the analysts were successful as well in connecting music to boosting "brain power".

They gave preschool children (ages 3-4 yrs. Old) coaching for 8 months. Kids were split into 4 groups: Keyboard lessons, Singing lessons, Computer lessons and No lessons. After 8 months of this treatment, the kids were tested on their capability to put together puzzles (spatial-temporal reasoning) and to recognise shapes (spatial-recognition reasoning) and the results were shocking! They found that only those kids who had taken the keyboard lessons had improvement in the spatial-temporal test. (The children didn't, however show any change with the spatial-recognition.)

Another fascinating observation I've made is the linkage between the Medical profession and the Music profession "a big majority of M.D.'s are Classically trained musicians! I've encountered many and have asked them all the same question "how does one make the linkage between the medical and the musical "and the reply I've had is they are both very intricate and require a rare focus and mathematical mindset in numerous different directions immediately. It's attained by many years of intensive training in either and/or both fields, which by the same law - enhance one another. So to them "the similarity in brain function and focus is clear and invaluable to both the medical and the musical. It is going to be fascinating to see the results of further study in that matter. Currently, there is no conclusive evidence scientifically of the link between Medical and Musical.

Now "for the 5 Tips for Piano Lessons!

1) Interest:

Evaluate the interest of your child. Is this something they really like "or is it your dream? The child should show genuine interest in music and a keyboard for their learning experience to be a pleasing and successful one. If they are not interested "ask why you even pursued it? Is it because you have got an inner desire for it? It Is never too late to start! Sign yourself up for Piano lessons if that's the case. I've have scholars of each age "some played when they were kids then give up. As they were given older, regretted giving up and vowed to one day pick it up again. Then there are others who always had the desire although not the break and now find themselves retired with lots of time on their hands. They've essentially become Piano divas! I give you these lovely examples to give you hope and an elbow "psssst! It's never too late! The student must be truly interested.

2) Instrument:

It's fine to start Piano lessons on an electronic keyboard. As time goes on, the coed will know in which direction they'd like to take the Piano lessons. If it is exclusively for personal enjoyment, it's fine to remain with a keyboard.

If it is for classical Piano coaching "then the coed should be switched over to an acoustic Piano. In my experience as a Piano instructor, I have spotted that a Spinet Piano (the ones possessing a low back) unless it is given as a present, should not be bought. It might be better to get an "Upright" which is a Baby Grand Piano, but instead of the strings being vertical they are horizontal. The reason being, that the action on the keys is much better technically for the student's hand, and it sound substantially better to the ear.

3) Teacher:

Ask around and get feedback from others about their teachers. Find out the teacher's background. Where did they get the education from, how long have they been teaching, where do they teach from, what are the environment like? Ask current scholars how patient the teacher is and how do they feel in the lesson. You should get a pretty good idea about the teacher by how current students are progressing. Does the teacher's personality mix with your youngster's. Remember, this is a choice! In school the kids have to adapt to the teacher that has been assigned to. Them, and that is a nice thing. They learn to gel with differing kinds of personalities, but Piano is an extra-curricular activity and should be a pleasant one that they anticipate.

4) Schedule:

Kids can be easily floored by too much in their schedule. As adults "we've experienced overload for ourselves and it's So not productive! It's advisable to limit activities in order for the youngsters not to be pulled in too many directions.

Once activities have been chosen, I have found with my own offspring and scholars that by writing down a daily schedule, everything gets done and there are no excuses for failing to practice.

5) Dedication:

Once a schedule is in place , practicing piano will become part of daily schedule. After a while, the coed won't be so "worried" about time, but will need to attain goals set by the teacher. The scholar will need dedication for the craft to go from mechanical to musical. Give them some encouragement to listen to a good range of styles and genre's for them to develop their own taste for music. At an initial stage, zeal can be fixed in a student by taking part in Recitals, Talent Shows and Worship Services. It takes diligence and persistence "also sacrifices to make piano an attractive craft.

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