Of the "three C's" of child development
- concentration, coordination and confidence - the third "C", confidence, may
be the most important of all. How many young children, let alone, adults,
truly have the confidence it takes to enjoy life to its fullest?
Learning to play the piano at a young
age is one of the finest methods of instilling confidence in a child.
Psychologists and music therapists have expounded on the positive attributes
that result when children study the piano - most notably in the areas of
improved academic performance, better social interaction and the ability to
overcome the fear of failure, to feel "special" about themselves.
Although linked closely with
concentration and coordination, confidence is the attribute that may be less
identifiable at first, although it reappears consistently throughout a child's
development. You can see it in how a child acts around his schoolmates,
desires to be more assertive in class, and starts to "take the lead" in making
decisions. Self-esteem results when a child learns something constructive and
develops a sense of mastery. This doesn't mean playing a song to perfection,
but simply the ability to improve and complete assignments that at one time
Piano lessons help a child gain this
sense of accomplishment and well being in two ways. One, the child develops a
close bond with a music teacher, who, by educating and encouraging the
student, helps him or her feel a sense of worth. Second, the child is left
alone to practice and, in turn, learns by himself or herself. These "practice
sessions" help a child become aware of his or her abilities and gain
self-confidence by expressing a sense of achievement. This interaction with
the piano challenges a child and brings out positive attitudes and habits that
improve learning and aid in growth an maturity.
The paramount object of piano lessons is
to help develop well balanced human beings, capable of setting and achieving
their highest goals. To get there it takes the power of concentration,
coordination and confidence. . .which is often disguised as the power of