Why should my child learn piano instead of any other instrument?
A. Let me first say that every instrument has qualities that make it uniquely different than others and the piano is no exception. Because the piano allows a student to play multiple notes at once, it is by far the instrument of choice to learn music theory. With a concrete understanding of music theory, students can easily pick up most other instruments with relative ease. Many music educators would say that the piano is a necessary instrument for anyone who is serious about the study of music. Many musicians across the instrumental spectrum have used the piano as a springboard for their foundational understanding of music even though they may call themselves a bassist, guitarist, trumpet player, drummer or singer. But not only is it the ideal music theory instrument, but it is also one of the easiest to learn to play, and because of this students don't get as frustrated as they might if they began on a flute or trumpet which takes a good embouchure to produce a pleasant sound. So in a nutshell, every student of music should learn the piano because it will fast track their understanding of other instruments they may choose in the future.
A. Music, like all art, is apart of our DNA as human beings. If you consider the entire animal kingdom, humans are the only creatures that have been endowed with a desire to create something for beauty's sake. Every animal has 4 basic needs that must be met in order to sustain life, (Food, Water, Shelter/Community, Procreation) but humans have a 5th, the need for art. The sense or art does not focus on the here and now, but the possibilities of what could be. So maybe your child does not need music, but they do need art. They need to exercises that part of the brain called imagination. We believe that music is one of the best ways of meeting that goal, but so is painting, acting, computer science, baking, wood working, and so many others. Get your child involved in something that regularly pushes their imagination.
So as I was browsing YouTube, I came across this video. It’s about the teens being shown clips of old musicals and they have to guess what it is. I thought this was fun because I am a musical junkie. Just so you know, I knew every one within 2 seconds of being shown the clip. How well do you know your musicals?