4 Great Benefits of Learning to Play an Instrument - The Musical Life of Albert Einstein

Did you know that Albert Einstein was a violinist?
The truth is… Not only did he play the violin, he also played the piano.

1. Music benefits your brain
According to Einstein’s wife, Elsa, the great scientist often played music as a way of thinking - “Music helps him when he is thinking about his theories. He goes to his study, comes back, strikes a few chords on the piano, jots something down, returns to his study.”

Learning to play an instrument develops your reading skills, sharpens your memory, improves your concentration and trains your perseverance. Children who play music often outperform their non-musical friends in academic attainment.

2. Music trains self-discipline and commitment
Einstein never travelled without his beloved violin, which he nicknamed “Lina”.

Your instrument is your friend. While it is yours to enjoy, it is also your responsibility to take care of it. It is your job to clean it and tune it so that your instrument may last for many years. It is one of the important things that modern children need to learn. (Since they have new books, new games, new iPads and phones almost every year).

3. Music benefits your social life
Einstein enjoyed playing in public. During his years in Berlin, he played with well-known musicians like violinist Fritz Kreisler, pianist Artur Schnabel and Max Planck, the founder of quantum theory and Nobel Prize winner.

Music does not only give you a platform to make intelligent friends, it also allows you to collaborate with them. Children who play in ensembles and orchestras often prove themselves to be a better team player. Furthermore, performing in public boosts confidence. It is also a great way to invite others to events.

4. Music maintains your mental health
Einstein’s doctor Janos Flesch once said, “There are many musicians with much better technique, but none, I believe, who ever played with more sincerity or deeper feeling.”

Playing music is a great way to express emotions. It is a language that triggers true feelings. Every lesson and practice session is a therapy treatment. As we know that life nowadays is generally much more stressful than in the past, music is a healthy and effective way to destress.
 

Life without playing music is inconceivable for me, I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music… I get most joy in life out of music.
I know that most joy in my life has come to me from my violin.
— Albert Einstein

When should my child start having piano lessons?

We all know that learning to play the piano helps to develop discipline, co-ordination, patience, and our cultural lives. However, not many of us know when it is the best time to let our little ones start having lessons.

Would it be too early?

Mozart mimicked his sister's playing when he was three. At the age of four, he could already play and write music. However, this does not mean every three or four year old kid would be qualified to meet their first piano teacher.

Here are a few factors to help us decide whether or not to send our children to a teacher, yet.

1. Interest in music 

Before young children are brought to meet their first teacher, they should be exposed to music at home, at school or be brought to some children friendly concerts. If they dance, sing or climb up to the piano stool and pretend to play, we know there are some good signs!

2. Do you know your ABCs and 123s?

A B C D E F G are the basic keys on the piano. We also number or fingers as 1 2 3 4 5. Children should at least know how to sing the ABC song and count numbers before they start taking lessons.

3. Physical readiness

Take a look at your child's hands. Before taking piano lessons, their hands should be big and firm enough to support each finger to move independently. After all, we are using our fingers to play the piano, not our hands. One of the good measures is to see how many fingers the little person is using while picking up a piece of biscuit, lego or any object of a similar size. If he/she is still grabbing the whole piece with his/her palm, you might need to wait a little longer. But if he/she is able to hold a pen firmly and properly, then maybe it's about time!

My child's hands might be too small...

Joining preschool music classes is a good way to prepare your child for instrumental lessons. They are fun and are available for children as young as 1 month old. You can then send your child to a piano teacher when he/she is ready. 

How learning to play a musical instrument can shape your child's life

Music is one of life’s precious joys. The right musical notes can fill us with a sense of awe and imagination and give us a reason to smile. However, what few of us realize is the power learning to play a musical instrument can have on us directly. This is even more so the case in the minds of children.

If you’re a parent and are considering encouraging your child to learn how to play an instrument, consider a few reasons why music can shape your child’s life for the better.

Improves Teamwork

Children more than anyone need to learn the value and importance of teamwork. By learning how to play an instrument they begin to understand how tiny components work together to create harmony. Without one musical instrument, their favorite song to play wouldn’t be the same. This is a lesson they may not have learned otherwise.

Increases Mathematical Ability

Counting notes, learning rhythm, and understanding timing are all crucial components of learning to play music. Obviously, all of the aforementioned involves math. Mathematics, therefore, is the foundation for all musical development, which stands to reason that if a child learns to play music their mathematical ability likewise improves. In fact, research backs this up by showing that students who play music get better grades in math and reading than students who have never picked up an instrument.

Encourages Self-Esteem & Confidence

When children witness their ability to create beautiful music, their confidence soars. The ability to transform a few strings on a wooden instrument into something that sounds good and brings joy to friends and family leads to improved confidence and self-esteem.

It is our duty as parents to encourage our children to improve themselves, and by encouraging your child to learn an instrument you are setting the stage for a happier life in the end. 

Choosing the best music teacher from the Start

Music lessons are common amongst young children. Parents excited to get their children the very best instructions and to see them flourish throughout their studies, often are caught up in the rush to get their children into lessons. However, poor results and children who seemingly cannot advance past a certain level quickly overshadow this excitement. The trouble doesn’t lie with the child, but rather the instructor teaching them.

It is therefore critical that parents choose the best music teacher right from the start. Unfortunately, many parents don’t know what to look for in an instructor nor the time to find one that is qualified for the position.

Another problem that often arises is that some parents are looking for a more affordable instructor instead of one that has the experience and knowledge to improve a child’s musical talents. This sad reality leads to disappointing results for both parents and children.

Not only can the wrong music teacher lead to disappointing results, but they can also do more harm than good. When taught improperly, a child can struggle to unlearn the initial techniques taught and take longer to learn the right way of playing a musical instrument. This hinders their talent and leaves parents paying more for services that did very little good to begin with.

In contrast, when a child has the right and best music instructor from the beginning, they are set up for success. The best music instructors customize their teaching according to a child’s unique learning abilities, providing an engaging experience right from the start. Not only does this make the child more passionate about their lessons, but also enables the teacher to offer better instructions.

If you want to choose the best music teacher from the start for your child, then consider our services. We play close attention to the needs of our students and work with parents to select the ideal fit for their child. 

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