Thursday, January 8, 2015

Reasons why you should enroll your child in piano (or music) lessons

I always recommend that parents consider putting their children in music lessons... it's sooo good for them for so many reasons! I remember as a child, my mom purchased a little electric keyboard for me. I started tinkering around with it, and figuring out how to play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" (I think she gave it to me for Christmas). Since I demonstrated an interest, she enrolled me in piano lessons with my one-and-only piano teacher, Susan Wilson-- the rest, as they say, is history!

Some ways learning music can be good for your child:

--It creates strong neural pathways that can benefit your child’s performance in math, science and art.
--Music lessons teach discipline. Practice makes better!
--I text and type very quickly, and although the true reason is because I’ve been typing on a keyboard for a really long time, it sounds much cooler to say my hand-eye coordination is superior because I’m a pianist. ;)
--It can make your child a future income! Although I started out playing for church for free back in my First Baptist Church, Monroe, Louisiana hometown, it eventually developed into a paying gig when I became the organist of Lakeshore Baptist Church, also in Monroe, when I was 16 years old. So literally half of my life has been spent playing for churches, and I estimate I have made more than $100,000 over my lifetime from playing for worship services, weddings, funerals, etc. Seriously, that's a true number. And yes, I enjoy playing so much I WOULD do it for free (which is always the question you should ask whenever you wonder if you love your job).

There are so many reasons beyond these listed... I literally wrote my college Honors Program 40-page thesis on why music lessons are good for a child's brain development. That was a decade ago, so I don't remember everything I wrote! Maybe my brain's memory capacity hasn't been developed by music lessons as much as it could be, LOL!

But there are few people who would argue that music lessons are not beneficial-- so please consider supporting your child with lessons if he or she shows an interest in music!

Click here to watch my Christmas concert with St. Luke Catholic Church in Palm Springs, FL.

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