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Rock, pop, jazz, classical, R&B? No matter what style of music you love, the piano lets you express yourself with it. You can play solo or with a group; the piano can stand alone, or blend with other instruments and voices.
Pop fans, how about Billy Joel’s famous tune, “Piano Man”? Why not learn to play it? For you rockers, how about Elton John? He studied classical piano, and you can hear his virtuosity in every song and solo. Imagine Lang Lang bringing the audience to its feet with a spectacular Beethoven concerto, or Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Speaking of rhapsodies, one of the best movies of 2018 was “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which reminded us all of Freddy Mercury’s genius in his chart-topping hit of that name. Listen, and be inspired!
The Piano: Powerful, Yet Sensitive
Pianists tap into a rich musical history. Their instrument grew out of the harpsichord, the focus of famous fugues and concertos by composers such as J.S. Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. Today we hear their works mainly on the piano, which gradually supplanted the harpsichord because of a crucial invention around 1700.
On a harpsichord, each key plucks a string, and each note has approximately the same loudness. By contrast, on a piano, keys strike the strings with felt-covered hammers. The pianist can press lightly to get a soft sound, or pound to play loud. This innovation makes the piano infinitely more expressive than the harpsichord.
Always Ready to Play
Piano is a great “first” instrument because it needs no setup or tuning at the start of a lesson or practice session, and no packing up at the end. Electronic keyboards are easily portable and can produce a wide variety of sounds, even mimicking other instruments. The piano is also extremely versatile. There is an extensive library of piano music for people of all interests and skill levels. And the keyboard makes it easy to visualize and understand scales and chords.
Studies have shown that kids who study an instrument
think faster and are better in STEM.
Why Take Music Lessons
If you want to sharpen your senses, train your brain and express yourself, it’s time to take music lessons. We at MTN believe that learning to sing or play an instrument is about more than just music. It influences your character; it makes you smarter and more empathic and enriches life in myriad ways.
Not Just Fun, It’s Good for You!
Learning to play the piano improves dexterity, concentration, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. It boosts cognitive, counting and math skills. Tests have shown that piano students perform better on standardized tests. Playing piano is also good for health, reducing stress, heart rate, and blood pressure. Perhaps most important, learning the piano builds confidence – if you can sit down and play a tune, everyone will be impressed!
It’s Never Too Late
You can start at any age – as soon as you can reach the keys. And you can keep playing at any age. It is never too early, or too late, to play piano. Studying piano (or any instrument) teaches the value of patience, discipline, and steady practice, because you can quickly achieve results. If you choose piano, you can’t go wrong.
Music lessons can be a wonderful and empowering experience
for special needs children and their families.
Through MTN you’ll find caring, skilled instructors who can teach in your home or at a care facility to create a familiar, comfortable experience. We know that teaching special-needs children requires empathy, patience, and love in addition to musical and teaching skills. Our teachers share their qualifications and experience in these areas, so you can make an informed choice. We also offer our SELECT program to support you in finding the right teacher for your child.
« My adult son Allan has a mild form of autism. We’ve been using The Music Teachers Network for 5 years now.
He really looks forward to his lessons and loves playing an annual concert for the family.
I highly recommend this company. » – Howard H.