40 reasons my kids practice piano.

More compelling than the 40 reasons below…

The Economist asks_ Creativity expla.mp3

The Economist asks: Creativity explained, part one

Anne McElvoy and Lane Greene look at the current debate around creativity, and its value to our society. In this first episode, Anne tackles a Bach prelude with the help of pianist James Rhodes who believes that keyboard mastery is “just a physics problem”. Lane assesses how the brain behaves during periods of extreme creativity, and with the help of neuroscientist Aaron Berkowitz, considers how great creatives can de-activate parts of the brain to enhance performance. Concert pianist Di Wu considers the differing experiences of music teaching in China and the United States, and describes how she moved from conquering concertos to tackling business problems whilst studying for an MBA at Columbia University


  1. Learn discipline – practice every day
  2. Learn routine – see the fruit of it – success and accomplishment, progressive improvement
  3. Learn routine good work ethic. Predictable routine every day.
  4. Learn about dedication, self-discipline, and the goal-setting process.
  5. Builds confidence with accomplishment
  6. It refines patience
  7. It teaches FOCUS
  8. It boosts self-esteem…. I am not good at _____ but I can do _____ on piano. Better equips kids for social activities with other kids when they see that not all kids are equal skills some are better than others and this gives a skill that makes my kid unique.
  9. Improve coordination – 2 hands at same time – help children develop coordination and motor skills; they require movement of the hands, arms, and feet. This type of instrument is great for high-energy kids. develop ambidexterity
  10. Builds confidence to perform in front of other people
  11. Learn how to handle stress – catch the butterflies in your stomach get them all together to lift you up and fly at recitals
  12. Learn how to handle stage fright. Build experience overcoming stage fright.  Know that they have done it before and prevailed and succeeded and been awesome.
  13. Learn how to deal with success and failure.
  14. BUILDS special circuits in Brain and plants seeds of creativity in their hearts
  15. Learn that Practice makes perfect – REAL experience to remember and can be applied to other things in life.
  16. “ITS IMPOSSIBLE” – not true – you prove it every week…. Have evidence in Sarah’s past experience that even when she truly believes something is IMPOSSIBLE it is not.  It just takes work to overcome it.
  17. Equip Sarah with an emotional outlet – can use it to express everything from joy to sorrow
  18. Once you learn a song, you have a great feeling of satisfaction
  19. Eventually play with someone else, helps to learn to listen to others and work as a team
  20. Science shows – children who do music when they are young are happier and more sociable than others.
  21. Science shows that piano players brains are different from other people – even different brains from other musical instruments. Your brain learns how to hear and process multiple lines of music in parallel.   Pianists had a demonstrably more symmetrical central sulcus than everyone else — though they were born right or left-handed, their brains barely registered it.  It BUILDS your brains.
  22. Makes your brain more efficient and well rounded machines. (2 hands)
  23. Decision making (FAST decision making) Jazz pianists – are even more unique… A study by Dr. Ana Pinho (whose name kind of explains her research focus) showed that when jazz pianists play, their brains have an extremely efficient connection between the different parts of the frontal lobe compared to non-musicians. That’s a big deal — the frontal lobe is responsible for integrating a ton of information into decision making.
  24. Promotes CREATIVITY – through practicing innovation.
  25. Glorify God – worship – create beauty for a purpose. Music is one thing that draws people to church and keeps them coming back.
  26. Music is a gift from God and my kids can join in creating beauty love happiness
  27. Beauty can be a gift to give to others – equipped to give to others. Learn about giving the gift.  Serving others.
  28. Helps manage and communicate emotions. Gives an outlet to express emotions that can be beautiful in spite of what emotion is being expressed.
  29. Hobby/Interest — something to be shared in community with other people. Can be an initial connection.
  30. After nine months of weekly training in piano or voice, new research shows young students’ IQs rose nearly three points more than their untrained peers.
  31. Piano exercises parts of the brain useful in mathematics, spatial intelligence and other intellectual pursuits.
  32. “With music lessons, because there are so many different facets involved–such as memorizing, expressing emotion, learning about musical interval and chords–the multidimensional nature of the experience may be motivating the [IQ] effect,” said study author E. Glenn Schellenberg E. Glenn Schellenberg , of the University of Toronto at Mississauga.
  33. “Mozart Effect”= simply listening to Mozart triggered temporary increases in spatial intelligence
  34. He chose 6-year-olds because their developing brains still retain a large degree of “plasticity,” defined as “the ability of the brain to change and adapt to environmental stimuli.” On the other hand, children younger than 6 were deemed less suitable “because you also want the lessons to be rigorous enough, and you can’t really start serious musical training with 4-year-olds,” he said.
  35. Rauscher’s work has tended to focus on music’s effects on spatial intelligence–the ability to think through three-dimensional puzzles without resorting to an actual model. (So they will be developing a part of their brain that help become a better engineer/architect J.
  36. Aural Awareness – Whether you naturally have a good sense of pitch or you struggle with this skill, piano playing can definitely help you improve. Some of these benefits of playing piano include developing a sense of relative pitch, and training your mind to recognize tones, intervals, and chords, which can help with learning music theory later on in your studies.
  37. Stronger hand muscles and better dexterity
  38. Split concentration – for both physical ability and mental ability
  39. Playing makes you feel good.
  40. It is comforting. And PAPA LOVES IT!


The Economist asks_ Creativity expla.mp3

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