No one in our house knows how to play the piano. We are hoping that at least one of our three children pick it up and run with it. I know I want all of them to learn a musical instrument and a piano is a lovely one to learn. Thinking about having my son, who is almost nine years old, start the lessons I am transported back to my childhood piano lessons. Remember I said no one plays in our house? It is true. I cannot play. I did take many lessons as a child but for some reason I did not grasp it. Maybe I wasn’t motivated enough or maybe I just do not have any musical talent. My three brothers all play instruments and two of them are pianists. One took lessons and was a natural the other taught himself. He was that motivated to learn. I really admire that. I’d hope there are some of those family genes that will allow me to learn to play as well.
I wondered if a woman in her early 40s could learn to play a complicated instrument like the piano. I am trying to be positive and believe I WILL learn to play it. I WANT to learn to play it. I MUST learn to play it. I admit I feel a bit of anxiety setting that goal for myself. I am a bit impatient and fear I will expect to learn right away. Of course I am not expecting to turn into Beethoven – but I hope to play some songs that resemble songs I love to hear on the piano. I will at least learn the songs my son will learn. I may sit beside him and try to learn with him. We can support each other.
I read some interesting facts of the benefits of children learning how to play the piano:
- Children that learn an instrument generally perform better on tests in school.
- Learning the piano raises their self-esteem. With every song they learn they gain confidence.
- Piano lessons increases coordination. They need to learn to make their hands do different things at the same time.
- Piano lessons help children concentrate. It helps them think critically and more clearly.
- Piano lessons make them better-rounded. They are exposed to classical music they otherwise would not know.
I am excited my children will take lessons over the years. I hope one or more loves it and really flourishes. I hope I do as well.