Music is a skill that a child can carry with them their entire life. My great uncle learned music reading in his one-room schoolhouse long, long ago. God gave him the gift of a lovely tenor voice which blessed me (and many others) as a child hearing him sing the tenor line in hymns in our little country church. He sang in his church choir well into his eighties. Many other musicians are also active in later years. Two of my favorite people in my town are private music teachers in their seventies. Helen Kemp, a national specialist in children's choirs who recently turned ninety, is still training children and their teachers in the art of choral singing. The famous concert pianist, Vladimir Horowitz, played in concert into his eighties. Truly, what you learn with music will last your whole life long!
There are so many wonderful reasons to study music-
- making music relieves stress
- playing the piano (or other instrument) makes you smarter
- playing piano teaches discipline
- playing piano gives one a sense of achievement
- playing the piano strengthens eye-hand coordination and fine motor skills
- in playing an instrument for others a child is taught to serve