What is character? It's the quality that's synonymous with
honesty, self-discipline, dignity, respect and being well thought of. Most
individuals who have "a lot of character" have developed this trait through
hard work, being open minded and never running away from a challenge. Few
people are born with character. Rather, it is that special something that is
learned through doing. And one sure way to build character is by learning
Taking piano lessons at an early age instills many character
building traits in a child-perseverance, discipline, pride. When a child
starts using all his faculties at once-arms, legs, fingers, ears, eyes,
brain, he is developing his character. There is no easy road to playing the
piano. But through persistence, a child makes progress, and from progress
comes a feeling of satisfaction, of completing a difficult task.
Often we read about heroes who are the embodiment of
character. Sometimes it is a sports star who overcame great obstacles and
worked and worked until he reached a goal that at one time seemed
insurmountable. In its own way, learning piano can turn an "ordinary" child
into someone unique. As a child becomes motivated to take on the challenges
that piano playing brings, he, in turn, develops valuable traits, such as
character, that will last a lifetime.
All of us would like to be thought of as someone who has
character. Someone who leads rather than follows. Someone who can both
accept credit and admit defeat. A child who takes piano lessons gets a taste
of what molds one's character. He may get a "high" from completing his first
piece of music, but suffer a "low" when confronted with a more difficult
No matter how many emotional swings a child may feel from
learning piano-in the long run, the results are positive. The child matures.
He is able to solve other problems more quickly. He gets along well with his
classmates. He has developed not only a range of musical skills, he has
developed something that will stay with him forever; his character.