Many of us may know how to tickle the ivories on the digital piano, and play the odd tune. Some of us may not have the first clue. Others may have been learning as a child. New research has now shown that those who did have lessons as children, tend to go on to be more succesful later on in life.
New psychological research conducted by the International society of music education has shown that children who did learn piano as a child, go on to be more succesful in later life than their piano-less counterparts. Piano playing is associated with a variety of measures of success, including academic achievement, patience and intelligence to name but a few. Here are just some of the reasons why learning the piano may increase your childs status later on in life:
Children who take piano lessons early on tend to have a higher IQ
Many researchers believe that those who take musical instrument lessons causes an increase in learning, as it’s added on to their everyday academic school lessons. Wether true or not, research shows a strong correlation between increased general intelligence and music lessons, and longer the child studies the instrument, the intellectual functioning also increases.
Children who take piano lessons tend to be more patient, well-behaved students
This is obviously a great trait to have later on in life. Studies show that those who take time to learn each individual note and key of their piano generally have more patience in the classroom, and this then goes on to affect them later on when growing up.
Playing the piano may teach children persevereance, and to never give up
Playing the piano may teach children for instance to be conditioned to work hard for results. Psychologist Susan Barry states that, based on her own experience of learning the piano “Most importantly, I learned that I could get better with practice, a concept that we all have been told but don’t always embrace. Just like playing the piano, I could get better at seeing if I paid attention and practiced. Looking back, I realize that my experience with the piano gave me the confidence and skills to teach myself how to see in a new way.”