Have you ever seen piano duets live in concert? If not, tomorrow is your chance! Tomorrow’s concert will be held in the Church of St John the Evangelist in Oxford and is due to begin at 8pm. The programme consists of three pieces of music for four hands which should be a thrilling experience for all! Tickets range between £18 and £23 but free admission will be granted to those who are under 25 years old. More information and ticket sales can be found on the Oxford May Music official website. Continue reading “Four Hands in Concert”
Pianos are regularly seen in pop culture and increasingly, so are digital pianos. Some slightly older examples of this wonderful instrument in films would be The Pianist which stars the likes of Adrian Brody, or the sensational production set in New Zealand; The Piano. Before that, the piano was even more important in pop culture – black and white films had their soundtrack played live by an in-house pianist, after all! Continue reading “Pianos in pop Culture”
Are you ever jealous of the piano superstars making a living from performing in concerts around the world? Believe it or not, they all started somewhere. They did not start playing the hardest piano music immediately, and they spent hours of every day practising at home on their pianos or digital pianos before they hit the bright lights of fame. The very first concert venue of the piano stars of today was probably their front room at home. Continue reading “Performing at Home”
Yamaha have recently announced a new digital piano for their ever-popular P-series of digital pianos – the P125. The P series of electronic pianos are some of Yamaha’s most popular digital instruments and this new electric piano is an excellent addition to the Yamaha digital piano family. Continue reading “The New Yamaha P-125 Digital Piano”
The Mozart effect is something that has been talked about for the past twenty years, but what is it? Generally, the consensus is that playing classical music to young children will help to improve their cognitive abilities. They will also potentially be able to develop their fine motor skills at a more rapid rate than other children. Thus far there have been several studies which both prove and disprove the theory, but generally parents of young children like to think that classical music will make their child more clever.
People who believe in the effects of the Mozart effect often then look no further than listening to classical music. However, if you believe that your child’s basic functions are improved and developed at a more rapid rate than usual through listening to classical music, surely you should also consider the effect that playing classical music would have on a child.
The Mozart Effect Could Lead to Piano Playing Benefits
Playing the piano in particular develops all kinds of skills within a child. Their hand eye coordination will improve, they will learn how to read music which may help with the reading of alphabetical text, and they will develop a good posture. All of these things are desirable when you are the parent of a young child, so it is baffling that more parents do not give thought to their child learning to play the piano!!
There are some who do indeed consider having their child take up piano lessons but are put off at the thought of buying a piano on which the child can practise. Contrary to popular belief, pianos do not have to be expensive. Digital pianos are a fantastic option for any new beginners at the instrument and they come in at under £500 in many cases. An electric instrument such as the Chase P-50 digital piano is one of the most popular instruments for children just starting out and it comes equipped with everything a beginner could ever need!