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Learning how to play even a simple song on a piano, in short, involves the following:

A symbol recognition, understanding, information synthesis and processing with practical application/execution using the keyboard.

This process, often described as "demanding timed multitasking," transforms the "cluster of symbols" (musical notation) into a "finished project" (composition, song) via a complex process that involves manual-to-brain and multi-sensory coordination, requiring and developing the timing, sensitivity and fine motor skills; followed by the technical mastery and memorization, and leading to a live presentation. 

(i. e recital or exam performance of the learned song).

Or as summarized in the Journal of Neuroscience: "Learning to play a musical instrument requires complex multimodal skills involving the simultaneous perception of several sensory modalities: auditory, visual, somatosensory, as well as the motor system." more

PIANO study is considered one of the most comprehensive educational tools, if not the most comprehensive. It is a rather challenging yet incredibly beneficial educational experience that builds more than piano playing skills: piano lessons build skills for life!

A small sample from the large pool of scientific evidence on the value of music education:

At the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco, the research conducted by Dr. Frank Wilson shows that instrumental practice enhances coordination, concentration and memory and delivers a significant improvement in eyesight and hearing. 

His studies have shown that involvement in music connects and develops the brain's motor systems, refining the entire neurological system in ways that any other activity cannot do. 

Dr. Wilson goes so far as to say he believes "music instruction is actually necessary for the total development of the brain." 

Longer they study, better the benefits: 

Piano lessons produce significant non-musical benefits:

  • intellectual
  • academic
  • behavioural
  • social
  • health benefits

Does it all come at once?

While even a year or two of piano study makes a difference, all these positive attributes affect and shine over the years of consistent study in a supportive environment. Contrary to that taught to our children by our "touch-screen" society, the most worthwhile accomplishments in life take months and years of concentrated effort. The effort (that handsomely) pays off.

"Without MUSIC LIFE would be a mistake."  

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Clarkson Piano Lessons: For Success in Music and in Life!

Our students are welcomed with our friendly, fun, positive and considerate teaching approach. Yet, let's be frank: Piano study is not the easiest extracurricular activity but is a rather complex, comprehensive and interactive process which...

  • requires and improves perseverance, self-discipline, concentration, problem-solving, attention, and aesthetic perception;
  • teaches and develops patience, the laws of particles, and learning strategies;
  • builds creativity, poise, self-confidence, self-esteem, coordination and self-efficacy. 

Clarkson Piano Studio: Links to articles on the value of piano study 

Clarkson Piano Studio: Science agrees on the powers of piano study! The substantial information and scientific evidence on the topics, such as the effects of the study of piano, the effects of music learning and more, is available by visiting the web pages of the US National Library of Medicine and the National Centre for Biotechnology Research.

  • "Science Just Discovered Something Amazing About..."
  • Playing the piano boosts brain processing power and more
  • Music for Better Health and Wellbeing
  • US National Library of Medicine
  • European Journal of Neuroscience
  • "Piano For Body, Mind And Soul"
  • Forbes: "Sorry, Kids, Piano Lessons Make You Smarter"
  • "The Benefits Of Adult Piano Study"
  • Effects of music learning and piano practice on cognitive function, mood and Quality of life in older adults
  • Auditory-somatosensory integration and cortical plasticity in musical training produce scientifically measurable benefits.
  • "Science Shows How Piano Players' Brains Are..."
  • "The Effects Of Learning Music On Children's Intelligence"
  • Summary - articles by Dr. T. Krings, Dr. N. M. Weinberger, Dr. F. Wilson
  • Time: "The Brain And The Piano Practice"
  • USC: "Face The Music - For Better Results!"
  • "Piano Lesson Benefits"
  • NG: "Not Just Kids, Adults Benefit Greatly From Piano Study..."
  • It may not be popular, but it is true: Persistent Effort And Deliberate Practice - Deliver!
  • Physicsworld: "The Perfect Song" composed by the neuroscientist;
  • Physicsworld: "How Music Works and Why We Can’t Do Without It"
  • Music: Heals, Helps & more...
  • Alan H D Watson, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University
  • Piano: The Ultimate Instrument
  • Please check this link, with information also available on The Royal Conservatory of Music's website
  • Love of instrumental music is linked to intelligence
  • Summary - please click on this link/ infographic
  • From our friends at Classical 96.3 FM - click here for details
  • Studies confirming the Links between human intelligence and music - US Department of Education resources

Study Piano and Music For Empowering, Inspirational, Life-long Joy!

Are we promoting the professional pianist path as a career choice? Only to those that truly feel that is the right fit for them. At Clarkson Piano, we are promoting piano study as a wonderful extracurricular activity that rewards a student with the joy of music-making for life! 

Anyone that plays the piano will tell you: It's fun! It's relaxing!

Playing the piano is about sharing; it's about good, quality time; it's about communicating, making friends's about quality of life. Benefits are many: From personal fulfillment, entertainment, social interaction, cognitive improvement, mild mental and physical therapy to meditation - to name a few. Whether you like upbeat or soft music, complex or simple tunes, performing alone or for others, playing the piano is a fulfilling, uplifting, beautiful addition to everyone's life. 

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