Benefits of Music

Research tells us children who PLAY MUSIC do better in school and in life. The number of adults who regret not having learned to play the piano as children is staggering.  Many of these same adults, as parents, want to give their children the lessons they never had.

There is an undeniably strong correlation between music education and the development of skills that children need to become successful in life. Kids who take piano lessons learn discipline,  patience, coordination, sensitivity, and the rewards of hard work. Playing the piano is an excellent way to strengthen eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills. Students involved in music are less likely to be involved in gangs, drugs or alcohol abuse and have better attendance in school.

Music lessons have been shown to improve a child’s performance in school. After eight months of keyboard lessons, preschoolers tested showed a 46% boost in their spatial IQ, which is crucial for higher brain function. (Francis Rauscher, PhD., Gordon Shaw, PhD., University of California, Irvine.)

Scientific studies have proven that piano instruction increases a child’s ability to learn basic math, science, and reading…and students who participate in piano lessons score higher on standardized tests. According to the College Board, students with involvement in music score an average of 100 points higher on SAT tests than students who do not.

The piano is an excellent way to begin. No other instrument matches it for its broad application of musical concepts.  Playing the piano is a gift that your children will enjoy throughout their lives.

Piano Teacher Directory

Allow yourself time to interview prospective teachers and ask to listen in on one of their lessons. Some children may prefer individual instruction, while others may benefit from group lessons, so investigate both options.  Don’t hesitate to ask about a prospective teacher’s educational background, about the materials used, and about the policies of the studio.  Consider the teacher’s personality and whether it is compatible with that of your child. Does the teacher convey enthusiasm and a love for music?  These are important considerations since rapport between student and teacher is critical to success.

Check out our teacher directory to find the teacher who is perfect for you!

Music and Wellness for Adults

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Making music can improve your quality of life. Active participation in music challenges the mind, sparks the imagination, and brings joy and satisfaction. It’s simple to get started even if you’ve never played the piano before. According to a Michigan State University research project, older Americans found that keyboard lessons significantly reduced anxiety, depression and loneliness.

Taking piano lessons is a great hobby that helps you become more relaxed, feel better, make new friends, keep active and it enhances learning and decision-making abilities.

When is a Child Ready for Piano Lessons?

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A child’s interest in music, attention span, and eagerness to learn are the best indications of readiness.  Older students usually progress more rapidly than the very young child. However, pre-school music classes lay a foundation for musicianship through rhythmic activities, singing, movement, and music notation skills, which often accelerate progress in lessons at a later time.

Does the child show interest in music?  Maybe the child sings, tries to pick out familiar melodies on the piano by ear, or asks for piano lessons?

Does the child have an inherent sense of rhythm?

Does the child seem excited about learning in general?

Does the parent seem willing to help the child practice at home daily?  The support of someone in the home is imperative to a successful and positive experience.

Finding the Right Piano

Some people are reluctant to spend money in the purchase of a piano until they feel sure that they are making the best decision possible. There are several options to consider – source, model, style, and price – and the decision between a new or a used piano is usually one of the first you need to make.

If you decide to purchase a used piano, make sure that you have a qualified piano technician inspect it before purchasing.  An old piano may seem a safer expenditure at first, but if it hinders or frustrates musical progress, its price, as well as your time and money may be wasted.

A digital piano can be a viable option as long as it has 88 notes and is touch-sensitive.  (When you strike the keys harder, it sounds louder and when you play the keys lightly, the sound is soft, allowing the student to play with expression.) Increase your awareness of piano technology by spending time talking with a well-respected salesperson, teacher and/or technician. The knowledge you attain will prove to be invaluable.

If you choose to purchase a new piano, check out the reputation of the dealer.  Ask your piano teacher for a recommendation.

Have the piano tuned regularly as your child will enjoy playing more if it sounds good.  A piano will add beauty to your home and joy to your entertaining.

To guarantee your investment and facilitate your musical growth, we will credit 100% of the purchase price of a new piano any time that you make a significant upgrade.

How to Succeed

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Learning music builds skills for the future.  Whether or not you play the piano, there is a great deal you can contribute to your child’s enjoyment and success. Show enthusiasm for the process, and sit in on a lesson if the teacher feels it is appropriate. Suggest your child play when friends or relatives visit.

Provide structure. Young children shouldn’t decide whether or when to practice the piano, any more than they should decide their own bedtimes or whether or not they attend school.

Also make sure you have a good environment with a well-tuned piano, properly sized bench, a quiet room, good lighting, and freedom from distractions.

Financing

We offer an excellent Parent Protection Plan.  After the purchase a new vertical piano, you may take up to 36 months to decide if music will be a part of your child’s life. If not, we will buy it back for 60% of the purchase price.

Affordable financing plans are available through Kretzer Piano. This allows you to make low monthly payments and take up to eight years to pay.  You can pay the loan off early and save on finance charges or use our 90-day-same-as-cash option and within that time period choose to:

  • Stay with the long-term, low interest plan
  • Pay cash with no interest
  • Use your own outside financing