"Early inculcation can result in an activity that undoubtedly develops skills and talents that help the child in the intellectual journey, the use and repetition of common gestures, signs and practices in music, and develops intellectual abilities. "
Dedicated to the learning of arts as complex as music, bring with it the development of motor skills, auditory training, a sense of work and rectitude, are not aspects of strictly musical utility, but produce an aspect of transference to others intellectual, sensory and motor aspects.
That is why many consider it as a highly integral subject, because it manages to promote the skills to benefit all areas of the child, which benefits their training.
Early inculcation can result in an activity that undoubtedly develops skills and talents that help the child in the intellectual journey, the use and repetition of common gestures, signs and practices in music, and develops intellectual abilities.
To play an instrument the first thing is to get it to sound either by blowing, pressing a key or ripping a string. Once this is achieved, the next step is to shape the sound and play specific notes by activating the necessary mechanisms. All this happen while reading the music sheet.
The same score of which we have just spoken contains precise instructions on rhythm, duration, speed, character and precise technique for playing the notes; expressed only with lines, dots, and some other symbol. It is like learning to read another alphabet, totally different from the common one, in the same way as if we learn Russian, Greek or Mandarin.
Music is another language, which has phrases, syntagmas (semi phrases) and words (motifs) that give meaning to the musical discourse, an authentic syntactic system that gives coherence to music. As they learn music they will improve their learning in concepts of the languages and the skills necessary to apprehend them.
Especially in the first courses, the most basic levels in which the main concepts of music, mathematics and logic are assimilated and internalized are fundamental to understanding and interpreting the rhythm. Therefore, studying music develops logical-mathematical reasoning and structures mental maps.
In addition to listening, to play in a group is essential to listen to others, which is why empathy develops. If the group is large, such as a band or an orchestra, they also develop the social skills necessary to relate to other members.
Playing an instrument with mastery and control is not easy. It requires constant work, effort and perseverance, above all constancy and perseverance are fundamental values to progress; values that in the daily routine of our fast-paced world seem to have forgotten. At the same time, playing in public should overcome their fears.
The small advances that you will experience every day will be a source of satisfaction that will gratify all the effort invested. In the medium term the control over the instrument will be greater, which will also increase motivation and perfectionism; after the years you can look back and see that it has been worth it and everything has been possible thanks to itself.
It is for this and especially in the early ages, it is important to learn music, ages in which solid foundation is necessary for the human being.
Ms Liew Hui Jie
A passionate full time piano teacher in Singapore, with great ideas about how to ensure that students start with learning, playing and finally loving the piano.