Benefits of Music

Why should your child's first instrument be the piano?
The benefits your child will gain from learning to play the piano are overwhelming. 
A recent study at UC Irvine compared the effects of musical and non-musical training on intellectual development. Those children who received piano/keyboard training performed 34% higher on tests measuring spatial-temporal ability than others. (Neurological Research, February 1997)

Why should I have my son/daughter learn an instrument?
*Researchers from the University of Munster in Germany reported music lessons in childhood actually enlarge the brain. An area used to analyze the pitch of a musical note is enlarged 25% in musicians, compared to people who have never played an instrument. (Nature, April 1998)
*Students with coursework or experience in music performance scored 52 points higher on the verbal portion of the SAT and 36 points higher on the math portion of the SAT than students with no coursework or experience in the arts. (The College Board, 1998)
*An analysis of the US Department of Education NELLS88 database of over 25,000 students followed over a ten year period found that a higher percentage of students who were involved in music scored higher on standardized tests, reading and reading proficiency exams than those students who were not involved in music programs, regardless of their socio-economic background. (Dr. Catterall, UCLA 1997)

Make the commitment!
Your child should be told up front that quitting is simply not an option.  If you allow your child to quit, he or she probably will. After all, the commitment for your child to learn to play the piano is yours, not your child's.

Other benefits
Social skills (group classes), confidence building, hand-eye coordination, listening skills, memorization, performance skills, and much more!

For more information on the benefits of music, please visit www.musica.uci.edu.
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