Reviewing in-person and online piano lessons
Want to improve your child's concentration, coordination, and school performance while also bolstering his or her self-esteem? Piano lessons are one the best ways to accomplish all of this all at once.
Studies show that children who play an instrument score higher on standardized tests, and children who play piano, in particular, do better with math problems. Playing piano also increases hand-eye coordination and overall dexterity, since it requires the use of both hands independently, as well as the use of a foot for the pedals. Finally, playing piano requires concentration, especially to read the sheet music while keeping the rhythm of the music.
If you want to enroll your child in beginners' piano lessons, you have two choices: personal lessons with a piano teacher or online lessons through the computer.
Personal Piano Lessons for Kids
For those who want the personal touch, almost every town has at least one piano teacher. There are also small music schools in many towns and cities, as well as larger music academies and institutes in larger metro centers.
Very early on, children may take lessons in small groups and learn the basics on portable keyboards rather than an actual piano. These tend to be easier for small hands and fingers, and children enjoy learning with their peers. However, once the basic mechanics have been mastered, children should begin individual lessons on a full-sized piano.
Choosing a piano teacher is really a matter of preference. He or she should, of course, have several years of piano lessons and music theory, but most importantly, he or she should be someone you and your child like and trust.
Online Piano Lessons for Kids
Kids these days are practically born tech-savvy, so if your son or daughter is interested in piano lessons but you want to let them try it out before committing to the time and expense of personal lessons, consider online piano lessons.
Many sites offer basic lessons for free. You have to be careful, of course, of the quality of such lessons (in some cases, you get what you pay for), but for the most part, these are a good way to at least learn the basics (such as the notes of the piano). Lessons may consist of text and graphics, but many sites now offer instructional videos, which will likely be easier for kids to follow and more engaging, as well. When determining the quality of the videos, you may want to go to a site such as YouTube that has a large number of comments from users who viewed the video. If you find a great channel, the YouTube videos will contain a link where you can purchase extended instructional videos for download.
As with piano teachers, you should vet online piano lessons for quality, and you'll still have to make sure your child practices between lessons in order for any training to be effective. Also, odds are at some point your child will progress beyond online lessons and need to begin personal instruction for further development.