In recent years, there have been an increasing number of studies showing the learning benefits of music lessons and music education and the overall effect on children’s brains. Here are just some of the ways piano lessons set an important foundation for success!
According to an Early Brain Development Conference: “By the age of three, brains of children are 2½ times more active than the brains of adults and they stay that way for the first 10 years of life. They are biologically primed for learning.”
Music Lessons Prime the Mind for Learning
Piano lessons are not easy, but if you are good at something, the greater self-confidence is and the more we are likely to do it. Music lessons are a commitment in time and money but music education is very important. Who doesn’t want their child to have greater intelligence, enhanced verbal skills and improved reading function and linguistic perception? Practicing to play the piano improves hand motor skills as well.
The 10,000-Hour Rule
As Malcolm Gladwell states in the Outliers, the single most important thing that contributes to a high level of success is the “10,000-Hour Rule”. This means you need to practice a specific task for a total of 10,000 hours to be successful. This makes it doubly important that the student enjoys piano lessons so they will continue to practice.
Learning to Compose
One of the interesting components of Music for Young Children is teaching children how to compose. MYC teaches children as young as three using an innovative way of teaching composition through art. The ‘motive’ is introduced through drawing simplistic pictures which represent the theme. This is written on the staff and then drawn higher or lower to illustrate ‘sequence’. This enhances their self-esteem and creativity.
“I like composing because it is interesting. I feel happy. I’m proud of the music I create.” —Mason, MYC grad, age 10 years.
With the combination of sight reading, ear training, theory, music history, rhythm and composition, MYC is a comprehensive music program.
Music plays a critical role in the foundations of communication and expression and is critical to our survival and future intelligence. Early piano lessons set your child up for this winning situation.
Check out MYC, created to provide children with an exciting, child-centered approach to learning music. For more information on MYC please go to www.myc.com.
This article sponsored by MYC
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