UPDATED - Feb 12, 2013 - PIANO LESSONS for KIDS! I believe piano lessons should be a requirement for all kids. Please read this very carefully if you're a parent and considering piano lessons for your children.Did you know that kids like music? Yes, it's true...but you knew that already didn't you?:) Young children (even infants and toddlers) like to "move" to music, listen to music, smile when they hear the music, and "sing" to the music whether it's on a home stereo, iPod, TV show, musical toy, or whatever. It's just natural for most kids and it's part of our makeup as human beings. Parents should want to have their children be more involved in music as they grow up and hopefully have an opportunity learn to play a musical instrument. These kids (pictured on the left) are examples of happy, excited local students that I have the pleasure of working with.
For years it has been known that playing music can have a dramatic effect on raising grades and test scores for children in school, improving general study habits, increasing personal confidence and well being, and allowing for higher quality social contact with noticeable positive changes in maturity and personal responsibility. In other words, playing music (especially on a keyboard instrument of some kind) makes for a better, more well rounded child.
The musical goal should not be to play at a "certain skill level in a certain amount of time" or to play exclusively a particular type of music such as classical, jazz, or rock. The goal of the parent and the teacher should always be "what can I do to make piano lessons the best possible musical experience for my child." Some teachers have a very strict "agenda" when it comes to teaching lessons, and if the students don't fit into that, the child is blamed many times when things don't go well. From personal experience I do know that some kids just don't want to take lessons of any kind no matter what. Many kids want the instant, easy way out because they're used to the fast paced life of instant satisfaction with their cell phones, iPods, computers, Wii games, and all the rest. But those things don't always make for a better child.
PCM also offers piano & other instrument lessons to the community at their large professional facility in the MetroCenter mall in Phoenix, AZ. Give them a call to find out more.
Casio PX780 Privia ($999 internet price) to speed up the learning curve while making music more fun, all for a low price. I've reviewed this piano in a blog article, so check it out (link below) when you can and you'll learn why this piano and others like it are so good for music education and piano playing. They play and sound like a big upright piano with very cool educational features including direct connect to iPad for use with exciting interactive piano learning apps for both children & adults.
Casio PX780 piano review
Or if you want to "take the plunge" right away and purchase a nice acoustic baby grand for yourself and/or your children, there's certainly nothing wrong with that and in fact, it is exciting to own and play one even if you are just a beginner:) And if your kids have been playing piano for awhile and are starting to do very well, a grand piano or more advanced digital piano is a great way to develop better and more complex piano playing skills.
For more info on pianos, piano lessons, or how to purchase a new piano for LESS than internet prices, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call direct at 602-571-1864.