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PIANO: THE GREATEST LEARNING TOY OF ALL

If you use the piano correctly, turning it into a toy for your child, you will notice that the child treats the piano as they would any other playtime device.

The difference is that the piano can do more than almost any child's learning toy. The piano can start as entertainment and quickly become educational and interesting to a child.

COUNTING

There are many toys out there for counting skills, but did you know that music is essentially the first rhythm teacher? Music is divided into even groups of counts, and the child must count internally while performing other motions. This alone makes the piano into a great coordination tool.

NUMBER RECOGNITION

You'll find younger children have sometimes only a dim idea of what the symbols for the numbers look like. Piano by Number requires the child to be familiar and facile with the symbols, juggling them with many other factors.

LEFT/RIGHT

Kids sometimes have trouble sorting out left from right. The piano requires a child to be constantly aware of the left/right axis.

AURAL RECOGNITION

Music tones are high or low, and the child must listen and look to distinguish the different sounds. Most children have never actively listened to music, but the piano requires constant attention to what you are hearing.

DEXTERITY

The piano requires a child to use their fingers, hands and arms in ways that other activities simply do not require. Playing the piano stimulates the growth of fine nerve control in ways that most other learning toys cannot.

CHARACTER

My students are taught to adopt a spirit of playful gamesmanship that requires them to try an action again and again without frustration. Kids use the piano to learn how to apply themselves to a set of short tasks, a skill that serves them well in their schoolwork, which inevitably improves when a child starts and continues with the piano.

WORK HABITS

The first thing the piano teaches a child is that some kinds of perfection is achievable, but only with work. I use the piano as a low-pressure proving ground on which a children compete only with themselves for a tangible skill that will allow them to play a part or the whole of a song. 

CREATIVITY

Children can use the piano to be creative in ways that other toys do not allow, except for perhaps the freedom of art and drawing. You haven't seen a happy and engaged child until you see a six year-old sit down and try to compose a piece of music "just like Beethoven did."

PATIENCE

Kids quickly discover that success at the piano is simply a matter of trying again, and being patient until you learn the required motion. They see me being as patient as a rock, calmly observing their failures and my own, and they learn that you can be calm and figure out how to play a song better.

CONCENTRATION

Piano requires more of your brain than perhaps any other childhood activity. Remember the "corpus callosum," the neural highway that connects the two sides of your brain? Well, it is highly stimulated by musical thoughts and work at the piano. If you want your child to develop higher intelligence, stimulate their corpus callosum by getting them involved with the piano. The piano is perfectly laid out for work by a child: every note of the piano has a simple black or white button that children must familiarize themselves with.

MATURITY

Yes, most six year olds squirm and veer off into time wasting at the drop of a hat. But the piano is a low-pressure proving ground for TASK skills. Everything at the piano is a little task, mental or physical, and all these tasks must be drawn together into one whole, the song. It takes maturity or a sense of fun for a six year old to focus on ANYTHING for more than 22 seconds.

PATTERN RECOGNITION

Music and the piano is an immense fabric of patterns, intertwined both physically and mentally. Playing even the simplest song requires the recognition of dozens of patterns of movement, notes, rhythms, all gathered together into one natural and pleasing event, a song. It is because there is a song at the bottom of the act of playing the piano that children want to try again and again to play the pleasing pattern of tones called music. 

If you approach the piano in this low-pressure way, children will be drawn into a learning world that has fascinated people for over 800 years: the piano. 

 By John Aschenbrenner Copyright 2008 Walden Pond Press All Rights Reserved

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1. 107 page illustrated THE CHRISTMAS CAROL KIT Book with 44 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers   

2. 120 page illustrated PIANO IS EASY Book with 50 songs, Play Along Audio CD, and removable stickers 

3. 50 page I CAN READ MUSIC Book 

4. 132 page TEACH YOURSELF PIANO STEP BY STEP Book, 56 minute DVD Video and removable stickers 

5. 141 page THE BIG BOOK OF SONGS BY NUMBER Book with 130 songs, and removable stickers 

6. 88 page EASY CLASSICAL PIANO BY NUMBER Book with 10 songs, and removable stickers, and 29 minute Play Along Audio CD 

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