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The Benefit of Structured Piano Lessons in London

four pillars musical study

As we covered in our previous post discussing more fully the positive impact of piano lessons for both children and adults alike, the benefits of music education are plentiful.

Of the developmental advantages, a 2014 study indicated the attitudes of parents regarding their child’s progress with learning an instrument:

music lessons benefits

You can learn more about the benefits of taking piano lessons in London here, but today we’ll be taking a look at how to maximise those benefits by implementing structure to your child’s piano lessons.

What is ‘Structure’?

The gift of music is one of the greatest and long-lasting influences you can give to your children, even if it’s simply filling the house with song and providing the opportunity to bang on pots and pans. Indeed, a recent Australian study found that very informal music-making in the home during play sessions had an appreciable impact on a toddler’s literacy, numeracy and social skills, and the effect was far greater than other types of art-related play.

But as you can imagine, this impact is more pronounced when structured musical education is introduced. So what do we mean by ‘structure’?

Simply put, it’s establishing a formal process to the journey in order to make the piano lessons fulfilling over the long term:

the learning roadmap

Of course, the idea of a ‘formal process’ shouldn’t impact on a child’s enjoyment of taking up piano lessons in London, and really, he or she doesn’t need to be aware that there is a fixed structure in place – each and every step should feel rewarding and fulfilling.

For that, the right piano teacher for your child is crucial.

What to Look For in a Teacher

It goes without saying that a piano teacher who understands the importance of structure – and the steps therein – is paramount. They should be able to work with the parent to craft a bespoke program of learning, evaluation and recognition, ultimately instilling a sense of accomplishment in their student as they progress.

Moreover, the teacher should be able to identify areas for improvement and provide valuable feedback to parents along the way.

Other signs of a great music teacher include:

traits of a good piano instructor

While this sounds like a lot to take in, now that this is in the back of your mind you’ll discover that you’ll mostly be able to identify the perfect piano teacher in London from gut feel. Never feel that you can’t talk to prospective teachers without commitment and for as long as you like to discuss goals and expectations – as well as their personal teaching philosophies; after all, a good teacher will always be happy to make sure everyone is on the same page and happy before they themselves commit to teaching your child.

Moving on, let’s take a quick look at the major components that should form the center of your child’s piano lessons in London before moving on to some frequently asked questions:

The Four Pillars of Musical Study

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As we can see, it’s a lot for the teacher to focus on in the long term which reinforces the need for a structured approach to music study.

Learn Piano in London – Frequently Asked Questions

When should my child begin music lessons?

This is a tricky one as there’s no definitive age to begin, though as we discussed previously the benefits are more pronounced when learning piano at a younger age.

Every child is unique, and a good teacher will recognize this and be able to accommodate for age and ability. The only surefire way to answer this question is to chat to the prospective teacher and, if she’s also willing, try out a few lessons. More often than not, you’ll be pleasantly surprised and wish you’d embarked on your shared journey sooner.

My child struggles with attention span and staying focused; will this be a problem?

Not at all. In fact, an improved focus outside of the class is one of the most noticeable pros of regular piano lessons. And don’t worry about whether or not the teacher can ‘handle’ it – we can guarantee she’s worked with far worse!

How often should my child practice the piano?

Once again this is a difficult one to answer in a general sense, but it goes without saying that your child shouldn’t come to see it as a chore (and nor should it impede on regular school or play time.)

Thirty minutes per day for four or five days a week is a good target, but this does vary depending on age and what ability level your child is at. This all said, your child’s teacher will be able to help you work out an optimal practice schedule.

Do children learn piano faster than adults?

Typically yes, though this is primarily due to the fact that children (counter intuitively) tend to enjoy learning new things far more than adults, coupled with the fact that they don’t have the kinds of life distractions that we have getting in the way.

My child is already learning an instrument – will taking piano lessons in London effect that?

Not in the slightest. Music is very much a universal language, so outside of making sure you and your son or daughter can devote time to both, it’ll actually bolster their progress in music.

We’re ready to go! What’s next?

Great! Let’s get your child started learning piano in London – get in touch with us today, and we’ll guide you through the process to getting on the road to a lifelong adventure in music.

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Learn Piano in London: The Benefits of Music Education

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Over the past few years, an increasing number of studies on music education have been released and the conclusion is quickly becoming clear: there’s a strong, provable link between learning an instrument as a child and future academic success.

And we’re not talking about decades of piano lessons before benefits are seen, either.

The Short Term Effects of Piano Lessons

One of the more striking findings came from a 2011 study lead by Dr. Sylvain Moreno – 20 days of musical training was all it took to see a significant improvement in intelligence across 90% of the children taking part.

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Of the findings, Moreno writes: “It was really astonishing to see how quickly the brain changed in response to musical training. We started with one simple question: “Is musical training beneficial?” and the answer that we got was a resounding “YES.”

Dr. Moreno also found that the children in the study showed an improved neurological ability to process items that required a controlled response or better attention span.

Again, this is astonishing given that the benefits came after only 20 days of picking up an instrument.

An earlier Canadian study came to a similar conclusion, finding that young children experienced a big improvement in their vocabulary after only four weeks of musical training.

Moreover, the improvements were more pronounced when learning music than for other kinds of arts training:

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Needless to say, strong verbal skills have crossover benefits to just about every other subject area in school.

Mid-Term Benefits of Piano Lessons

Want your child to become more engaged with their studies? Taking piano lessons in London could be the way to go.

In an American study that took place over the course of a decade, children were found to be four times more likely to win awards for academic success and three times more likely to win an award for school attendance.

A lot of this comes down to a boost in IQ (which is a common, overarching finding of virtually all studies conducted into the link between music lessons and intelligence.) But in addition to this, studies have also shown that those who take up piano lessons in London and further afield also see an improved working memory – the type of memory that works in the background when we’re doing other things, which is an essential component of literacy and mathematical comprehension.

Greater Social Skills

The benefits of your child learning piano in London also extend to greater empathy and social awareness, and the importance of this cannot be understated.

Tied back to the proven improvement in verbal intelligence, learning an instrument gives children a greater ability to pick up on the subtle nuances of speech. This is a crucial social skill that helps with empathy and emotional intelligence; once again this link is becoming increasingly clear through numerous studies, but is hardly surprising given that music is inherently emotional.

Long-Term Benefits of Taking Piano Lessons

As well as the myriad of great reasons to encourage your child to learn piano in London – from the mental to the social – there is also a strong argument for the physical benefits of taking piano lessons, many of which extend to later adult life.

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Findings so far have included:

  • A delay to the onset of dementia
  • A greater ability to pick out sounds in noisy environments, effectively compensating for hearing loss
  • Improvement in hand-eye coordination
  • Enhanced motor control
  • Prevention of joint-related ailments such as arthritis
  • A possible preventative measure against Parkinson’s

All in all, taking piano lessons in London can have “profound and lasting impact on the brain, creating additional neural connections in childhood that can last a lifetime and thus help compensate for cognitive declines later in life.” (neuropsychologist Hanna­-Pladdy Brenda of Emory University, Atlanta.)

Proponents of Music Lessons

proponents of music lessons

“The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition… my new discovery is the result of musical perception.” Albert Einstein

“Music study made me disciplined, and it’s helped me to understand that you don’t need to feel brilliant or inspired all the time to know that you’re moving forward.” Annabel Lyon, Author

“I think of my life as a series of increases in personal discipline… music has shaped my life from an early age, and it started with piano lessons.”Jeremiah Brown, Olympic rower

The Quality of Your Piano Lessons Makes a Difference

While piano lessons in London are proven to hold more potential crossover benefits than other kinds of art education, it’s important to note that researchers have found that the quality of said piano lessons plays a part; those who take up high quality lessons are shown to outperform those relying on standard secondary school classes by as much as 20% in standardized English and maths tests.

Want to unlock your full potential? Get in touch with Piano Lessons London today for an unparalleled level of music tuition for yourself or your child.

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