Can you envision your child as the next Beethoven? Or are you simply fed up with crayon marks all over your tables, floors, and walls? Have you thought about introducing music to your child? It's a great way for them to explore their creative side while learning a lot of discipline.
My youngest son has music flowing through his blood. He plays the viola, saxophone, and piano. He could probably pick up any other instrument and learn how to play within a month. About a year ago I worked with a company called Playground Sessions. They provided a keyboard and lifetime worth of lessons to my family which is taught by some of the piano's greatest names.
Before learning how to play the piano, we started introducing music to him at a young age, as I did with my oldest. From toy pianos that only had 3-4 keys to the dreaded recorder that every 3rd or 4th grader brings home from school. I guess I was the odd parent out that didn't mind hearing “Hot Crossed Buns” on the recorder 100 times a day. I have a totally different appreciation for the progression and introduction of music instruments.
INTRODUCING MUSIC TO YOUR CHILD ONE-KEY AT A TIME
Toy pianos come in various shapes and sizes and are usually made out of wood or plastic. The wide array of bright colors and eye-catching designs accessible today make them much more appealing to young children than they would have been when they were developed in the mid-eighteen hundreds. The makes and models available are very similar to the standard instrument however they are obviously a miniature version and make it easier to start introducing music to your child.
So why should you buy your child a toy piano?
Quite simply they are a great way to introduce your child to the world of music whilst picking up other essential skills and most importantly having fun. Research shows that there are a number of benefits in introducing your child to music from a young age, one of these advantages being an enhanced scholastic performance.
By introducing music to your child with the piano specifically, it will help them to expand their creativity as they make up different melodies and learn various tunes. Having the toy piano in their bedroom alone will add a touch of creativity to their environment and enhance their atmosphere. The child will feel special and proud that they have their own musical tool.
In addition to creating, your child will build up and advance their hand to eye coordination and memorization skills. To help your child learn to play standard music pieces most toy pianos have corresponding color-coordinated keys, however, you can also buy a one without this feature. It would be a good idea to start off with the coordinated keys then move to a piano without them once your child feels more comfortable and wants something more challenging and stimulating.
Toy pianos are also good in terms of developing your child’s hearing. This is especially beneficial for children that have a hearing impairment, which you can learn more about online. This version of a toy piano is also good because it is more realistic as it is similar to the real instrument. Needless to say, as your child becomes better at making music they will feel confident and it will build their self-esteem, which is crucial for anyone of a young age.
By exposing your child to the world of music you are also giving them a great platform for the future; whether they end up playing an instrument for pleasure or end up pursuing it as a career. If you learn something as a child it is always easier to continue it and integrate it into your life later on, why wouldn’t you want to give your child this great basis for potential learning?
The final and arguably most important reason you should buy your child a toy piano is this; they are extremely fun. There is always a new melody to learn or a new song to compose therefore the enjoyment to be gained is endless. Watching your child learn key skills and acquire their own creativity all the while having endless amounts of enjoyment is something that is quite simply priceless.