Children are natural learners. From their first words to their first steps, your child is like a sponge waiting for new information to help them express themselves. Teaching your child the right thing at an early age can also provide them with skills and an aptitude that will stay with them their entire life.
There is an overwhelming amount of research into the benefits of learning an instrument at a young age – specifically the piano. What benefits? Here are just a few…
- A raised IQ.
- Enhanced abstract reasoning skills and pattern recognition.
- Increased focus and attention.
- Enhanced spatial organization.
- Sharpened cognitive abilities.
- Improved verbal intelligence.
- Increased self-esteem.
- Refined motor control skills.
The piano is an instrument that gives a COMPLETE brain workout. Playing the piano activates the brain like no game, instrument or book.
Perhaps the most important factor when starting a child’s learning journey with the piano is that it has to be FUN! Adding different learning stimuli and mixing up the type of practice will ensure your child won’t lose interest in the piano and it will be a part of their musical journey for years to come.
Learning today is very different to what it once was. Your children not only have computers to help them in their everyday lessons at school and home but mobile devices, like tablets, are quickly becoming commonplace in education. It is a reality that the “i-Generation” will have tablets and mobile devices as an integral part of their lives. But this is not a point of concern – it’s simply a new way that your child can engage with what they are learning!
The Piano Partner* app from Roland can control the rhythms and tones of selected Roland digital pianos, but it also has two applications that keeps learning fun and interesting.
Flash Card is an interactive music game for developing your listening and reading skills. A “virtual” flash card displays notation and plays a tone that your child must correctly play back. This is a fantastic way to engage pattern and aural recognition. There are three levels of difficulty and is a great way to break up regular practice.
The other application in Piano Partner is Digiscore Lite that displays the notation for a number of songs built-in to your Roland digital piano and is a fantastic way for your child to start reading sheet music. The full version of Digiscore (found only in HPi family of Roland digital pianos) feature fun skill-building games like DoReMi, the Scroll game and Medal Collection that are challenging for children and adults alike!
No matter what instrument your child learns to play, make sure it is enjoyable and fun. Stimulating their little brains now will give them nothing but advantages as they grow through their school and adult life. Mix up their practice by integrating a device, introduce games to learn and teach them some of their favourite songs. Make it fun and they will always look back fondly at their first memories of the piano.
If you would like to read some of this research, follow the links below.
Music and the Brain: How Important Is Music to A Child’s Development?: http://www.musiqclub.com/musicbrainresearch.php
Learning, Arts, and the Brain: http://www.wjh.harvard.edu/~lds/pdfs/DanaSpelke.pdf
How Arts Training Improves Attention and Cognition: http://www.dana.org/Cerebrum/2009/How_Arts_Training_Improves_Attention_and_Cognition/
What is the Potential Impact of Using Mobile Devices In Education?: http://www.academia.edu/1553463/What_is_the_Potential_Impact_of_Using_Mobile_Devices_in_Education
* Piano Partner supports Roland’s LX-15e/15, HP508/507/506/505/504/503, DP90Se/90e/90S/90, RP401R, F-130R, FP-80/50 and F-20.
* DigiScore Lite is only compatible with the LX-15e/15, HP508/507/506/504, DP90Se/90e, RP401R and F-130R.