18 Reasons Why Your Child Should Learn to Play the Piano

We know from Brain Rules for Baby and from Nature Reviews Neuroscience that learning to play an instrument is beneficial for a child’s development. Now it begs the question: “which instrument?”

The Wizard Music Academy offers 18 tongue-in-cheek reasons why that instrument should be the piano. I found them to be amusing but also true so I decided to post them here:

  1. Piano is the considered the granddaddy of all instruments.
  2. Every great composer played piano – from Beethoven to McCartney to Lady Gaga.
  3. The visual representation of the keyboard helps you understand the logic of musical structure.
  4. The Piano is the root of the tree that branches out into other instruments.
  5. If you play piano, you can adapt to organ, harpsichord, etc.  In our electronic age, you can use a digital keyboard to reproduce the sounds of almost any other instrument.
  6. A digital keyboard is the choice for creating digital music.
  7. It’s a great tool for songwriting.
  8. Playing the piano makes you look (and feel) sophisticated.
  9. Good keyboardists are in demand and can generally earn more than the other members of the band.  Through the art of MIDI, the keyboardist is usually the one driving the sounds.
  10. Family members can live vicariously through you.
  11. You can be very popular at parties.
  12. People will automatically assume you’re a genius. Honestly, people may utter, “He/she plays the piano” in the same tone reserved for “He/she has an IQ of 174.” You just can’t help but admire someone playing an instrument.
  13. Piano playing is good for your hands.  You will strengthen your fingers and they will look better too.
  14. A Piano is a piece of furniture that we would all love to have in our homes.  It’s amazing how many homes have a piano that no one in the household can play.
  15. Deep down, everyone wishes they played the piano. Have you ever read other people’s New Year’s Resolutions lists?  If you haven’t I’ll tell you which wish consistently pops up: “Learn to play the piano.”
  16. Piano playing is SATISFYING. It’s truly one of the most satisfying things you can do. There’s no feeling like playing a difficult song and playing it flawlessly.  It’s quite an ego-boost.
  17. It would give you an excuse to go out an buy a piano.
  18. Piano playing is FUN.

As a former music student who used to play the piano, I couldn’t help but agree with all these reasons. Then again, I have always been partial to the keyboard. But you have to admit that this has a certain appeal…

Published by Shen-Li

SHEN-LI LEE is the author of “Brainchild: Secrets to Unlocking Your Child’s Potential”. She is also the founder of Figur8.net (a website on parenting, education, child development) and RightBrainChild.com (a website on Right Brain Education, cognitive development, and maximising potentials). In her spare time, she blogs on Forty, Fit & Fed, and Back to Basics.

8 thoughts on “18 Reasons Why Your Child Should Learn to Play the Piano

  1. One important advantage that the piano has over other instruments like violin, clarinet etc. in terms of brain development is playing with two hands and reading two lines of music. But then….. as a pianist myself, I’m probably also biased in favour of the piano.


  2. No 13 for me! I think this should be such a great fine motor skill practice. As far as I know, it is common among speech therapist trained in the post-USSR to focus on fine motor skill development of children with articulation problems, which is something we need to work on with my DD.


  3. Mi – Actually that is a very good point. I remember reading that somewhere (an article about the benefits of music, I think) but completely forgot all about it. When you play with two hands, you work the whole brain (left hand – right brain; right hand – left brain) and to have everything working seamlessly, you are working the corpus callosum which is the bridge between the two halves of the brain.

    Ann – one of my brother’s missions in life was to learn one very cool song on the piano for this very reason!

    LM’s Mum – in Brain Rules for Baby, Medina mentioned studies showing a link between fine motor skill development and language explosion. This was also the reason why they believe Sign Language helps the development of oral communication. So piano playing can be another way to help language development!


  4. Oh yeah! Definitely another good point! No matter how badly you play the piano, it’s still a lot better than some instruments. You should have heard my father on the Clarinet when he first started!


  5. Yes, spoiled pianists! Somebody could tune the instrument for you! You just need to find a good one!!!

    One of my former piano student who is now a doctor said, “I am considered a fine surgeon because I have an “Extra Edge” of having an excellent fine motor control abilities. LOL…. I could attribute it to my years of training in classical piano playing wherein it demanded fine arm, hand and finger control & dexterity.” Good luck for the promising young pianists and surgeons!”..


  6. Joji Angeline – Oh yes! The tuning! Definitely spoilt! I wanted my youngest to learn piano for the very reason of strengthening his fingers and developing his fine motor skills.


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