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Institute has reviewed and reprinted on nurturing creativity in
children and on educational toys. Infants, toddlers, preschoolers
and school age children can all benefit from the right educational
toys and musical opportunities, even on the toy piano.
12 Reasons You Should Learn to
Play the Piano
By Emily Sigers
All right, folks, here you go:
My 12 reasons why you should start learning how to play the piano.
Immediately. As in today. This very minute.
Okay, fine, finish this article
first, THEN get started. And yes, I know that there are more than
just 12 reasons to play the piano. But I happen to like the number
1. Everyone should play at least
one instrument. I truly believe that. Every person on Earth should
be able to sit at SOME instrument and be capable of making beautiful
2. Playing the piano makes you feel (and look) sophisticated.
Truly. No matter who you are or how many warts you have, you'll
just exude class the second you begin tickling those ivories.
3. Piano playing keeps your brain active. It's very hard for your
brain to rot when you consistently throw it the musical language
4. You won't run out of things to do when you're bored. There's
always a new way to play, always a new approach to playing, and
always, always, ALWAYS a new song to learn. (See number 8.)
5. Family members can live vicariously through you. I'm semi-serious
about that. The reason I began taking piano lessons (back when
I was 10) was because of grandparents who didn't play, and over
the years I've had numerous relatives enjoy playing through me.
(I live to serve.)
6. People will automatically assume you're a genius. Honestly,
I've heard this a lot. People uttering "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
7. Piano playing is good for your hands. Indeed it is. I probably
have stronger hands/fingers than most people I know. And have
you ever noticed the hands of a pianist? Beautiful, long, tapered
fingers. Chances are that if you've ever admired someone's hands,
they play the piano.
8. Pianists never quit learning. There's absolutely no way to
memorize every musical piece on earth. You could learn 10 new
songs a day for the rest of your life without scratching the surface
of songs out there.
9. Piano playing is FUN. Really. It's one of the funnest things
I do. Think about it, why would so many of us do it if it weren't
10. Deep down, everyone wishes they played the piano. Have you
ever read other people's New Year's Resolutions lists? If you
haven't, then you're just not nosy like me. No, seriously, if
you haven't, I'll tell you which wish consistently pops up: "Learn
to play the piano."
11. Piano playing is SATISFYING. It's truly one of the most satisfying
things you can do. (Right after touching your nose with your tongue.
Or so I hear.) There's no feeling like playing a difficult song
and playing it flawlessly. Quite an ego-boost.
12. Everyone loves a musician. 'Nuff said. :)
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