When a child plays the piano he or she
learns the "Three C's" concentration, coordination and confidence. Of these
three, the "middle C," coordination, is the skill that allows a child to
fully develop his or her hand-eye coordination, improve athletic performance
and stimulate the right and left sides of the brain.
Some people will tell you that
coordination can't be taught. That you're either born with it, or you're
not. Well, try telling that to a child who practices the piano. The
concentration and pinpoint timing that go into learning a piece of music
require quick reflexes and the skilled movement of hands, arms, legs and
fingers. As the eyes move to read music, the brain is "conducting" the rest
of the body to follow along closely, to coordinate many parts of the body
and complete the task at hand.
In athletics, coordination is a
combination of ability, timing and practice. This is also true in studying
piano. The more a child is exposed to the training piano brings, the better
his or her coordination will become. A child may not start hitting home runs
from taking piano lessons, but he or she is bound to improve to the best of
his other ability. This helps a child feel more confident about his or her
athletic performance and enjoy the thrill of sports and competition.
Much has been said about the
importance of developing the creative or right side of one's brain and the
practical or left side of the brain. One way to insure a child has the
chance to coordinate both sides of the brain fully is by having him or her
take piano lessons. Here a child not only leans the "basics" but also has
the freedom to let his creativity blossom. By coordinating the physical and
mental faculties to their utmost, piano playing becomes a most valuable
When a child leans at the piano, he or
she develops coordination of both mind and muscles, which transfers directly
to many daily activities, including athletics, exercise, healthy living
habits and being able to think faster and solve problems. Maybe that's why
piano lessons allow a child to play music and the outfield to the best of
his or her abilities.