Piano Students are Better STEM Students
Are you giving your children every advantage they need to be exceptional students?
"High school students who take music courses score significantly better on math, science and English exams than their non-musical peers." This is according to a Study by Journal of Educational Psychology published in 2019, based on a three-year review of data of 112,000 students by the University of British Columbia.
Choosing Your College
The hard truth is that colleges choose you! Competition for limited enrollment spots is fierce, and amazingly, there are a lot of 4.0+ GPA students out there. College admission committees are looking for students with a broad background outside of their Majors. So what makes a student stand out? It is, among others things, extracurricular activities: Community service, organized athletics, and serious study on a musical instrument.
After building an impressive musical résumé, many of my students include their pianistic accomplishments, including their repertoire, certifications and videos of their performances, as an integral part of their college applications. They have gone on to Ivy League universities; some even writing about their piano lessons in their application theses (one deconstructed Rachmaninoff as metaphor for education in her statement of purpose essay)
Sticking with your Lessons
Creating your personal musical résumé starts with the first lesson, but it can only grow if you stick with your lessons, and you'll only do that if you are progressing and enjoying yourself! I meet many students starting in the first grade and I see them off to college; we build a relationship through music which lasts us a lifetime.
Parents and Children Playing Together
Nothing is more enjoyable than teaching students and their parents to play "four hands" pieces together (sometimes even six hands!) In our recitals, some of the most beautiful moments are watching parents sitting side-by-side with their children on the piano. Where cellphones and iPads isolate children from their parents, playing piano together builds a stronger bond between them. Not to mention that it's a lot of fun!
Physical, Mental & Emotional Health Benefits
According to a study published by the NIH, (Sept 2013), "...piano lessons decreased depression, induced positive mood states, and improved the psychological and physical QOL [Quality of Life] of the elderly. Our results suggest that playing piano and learning to read music can be a useful intervention in older adults to promote cognitive reserve (CR) and improve subjective well-being."
I have many adult students, including those starting from scratch, as well as music teachers interested in developing their proficiency. They all recognize the importance of exercising their brains to up their game, to supplement their gym and yoga classes, or to decompress from a stressful days' work.
Clinical studies have also shown that learning the piano maintains and improves motor skills, balance, and neuroplasticity (keeping the brain flexible) as we age, improving cognitive function and warding off serious degenerative diseases such as dementia.
In short, piano lessons are an essential part of your personal wellness routine!
Discover, or rediscover, the simple joy of playing piano.
Discover how playing piano is a journey of personal expression to share with family and friends, for making new friends, or for no one but yourself.
Learn without judgement, in a warm and peaceful environment in my studio in Huntington, or on-line from yours.
Enjoy the richness and fulfillment that this truly amazing instrument brings into your life, from your first notes to wherever it takes you.
Whatever your goals are on the piano, we will reach them. If you aren’t sure what they are, we will discover them.
The keys are waiting for you... Let's begin!