I recently read an article about the benefits of playing the piano. When I was reading this article, I saw the tremendous advantage that playing piano has for children. The article said playing the piano at a young age helps with emotional and behavioral maturation, attention skills, anxiety management, emotional control, complex math and even higher grades.
Who knew that running scales may have changed my life. Unfortunately, three-quarters of high school students “rarely or never” receive extracurricular lessons in the music or the arts. I have been playing piano for about five and one-half years and love it.
Piano is also a tool that can be used many times on an LDS mission, in church callings and for your own pleasure and the enjoyment of others. Playing piano is also a skill people can have for the rest of their lives.
My older sisters had a piano teacher who was still teaching at 90 years of age. Each of my five older siblings say they did, or they do, use their piano playing often. I think that everyone who has the opportunity to learn piano should do it.
David Cottam (age 11), www.heraldextra.com, www.msidallas.com