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The Piano: A Beautiful and Fun Instrument
Anyone with an interest in music can learn to play the piano. You can be a child or adult, as long as you have a willingness to learn and the discipline to practice. The desire to play piano can be its own motivation.
You can take lessons from a private instructor, a good friend, or a relative who plays the piano. Cost of lessons will vary on the teacher (see video below), but you can also teach yourself through online classes, DVDs, and books,
There are many different types of pianos, one for any budget. Acoustic pianos that produce their sound manually, electric pianos that require electricity, and even smaller table-top models.
Playing the Piano as a Child
Generally speaking, children can be introduced to piano lessons between ages 3-6, though I'm sure we've all heard of geniuses playing the piano as early as age two. As a parent, please understand that making a child take piano lessons is not the same as introducing a child to the instrument when they show interest.
Don't be surprised if they play for a year and quit. This is not uncommon as children are exploring and experimenting with different interests during their growing years and you can't force a child to be interested in anything. If the child wants to return to playing piano at a later date, they'll let you know.
On the other hand, if your child has the maturity to take 30-minute lessons with an instructor and to voluntarily practice 15-30 minutes each day, there's a good chance your piano-playing child will be a piano-playing adult.
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Playing the Piano as an Adult
Adults can start playing the piano at any age. Why would you choose this instrument?
- Playing piano keeps the brain active because you're constantly learning
- It's one of the great classical keyboard instruments.
- It's played sitting down on a comfortable bench.
- Piano players attract attention and admiration.
- There are a variety of methods to playing piano, as well as hundreds of songs to learn. There is never a dull moment. When others join you at the keyboard to play or sing it becomes a grand event.
- You can inspire others to play an instrument.
- It can become a source of income.
- Piano keeps your fingers busy, flexible, limber, and attractive.
- Piano can be enjoyed as a solo companion or as a social catcher.
- Playing music is therapeutic for you and others.
How to Find a Good Piano Teacher
The first instructor is very important as he or she will be the inspiration and mentor to the student. Often times the instructor has much to do with the length of time a child or an adult will be interested in taking piano lessons.
- Regardless of whether it is your child or you as an adult taking lessons you will want a teacher who is patient. It takes time to learn the piano and if your instructor is patient you will also be kind to your child and yourself.
- Does your teacher enjoy teaching? One can be passionate about their music but a teacher must also be passionate about teaching which demands excellent communication.
- A good teacher will want to get to know you. He or She needs to understand your type of personality and how you learn.
- Every student has to learn about the black and white keys, sharps and flats, practice scales and chords, and how to read music. Unfortunately, this can be boring. But...if the teacher can introduce songs which you like and that you can learn to play this is wonderful. Now learning to play the piano is fun.
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Remember the Benefits of Playing Piano
A professional pianist has learned about hard work, dedication to his craft, and strict discipline. However, you don't have to be a professional to get something out of playing piano. Amateur musicians can be personally fulfilled simply by providing entertainment for themselves and others.
Here are eight benefits of playing piano for non-professionals:
- The fun and enjoyment of playing music
- Enhancing brain function
- Eye-hand coordination
- Refining motor skills
- Commitment to learning about music
- Mental and physical therapy
- Social interaction
Hezekiah from Japan on October 05, 2017:
I don't have a real piano but I play the keys on an Epiano.