WHY LEARN TO PLAY THE PIANO?
The Piano is Polyphonic: Generally most of the other instruments such as violin, flute and many others are monophonic instruments meaning that you can play one note at a time. Unlike them, piano gives you the opportunity of playing many notes at one time. This quality of piano of being polyphonic makes it a versatile solo instrument. Other instruments and organs may be difficult to deal when it comes to playing complex passages alone. But piano can give impressive solo performances with rich harmonies and it is also a promising accompanying instrument. With piano you can play a complete composition without needing other instruments for completion.
Even an amateur can play piano: Why do we say that? Because piano offers complete visualization of the keyboard. On a piano keyboard, you can see and hear what you are playing with complete certainty. Just by looking at the musical sheet, if you know where a certain key is; just by pressing it you will get the sound. You get visual feedback while playing on the piano. You just need to know how to read and placement of keys in order to get the sound out of your piano and that also decent sound out of an instrument you don’t really know.
Playing piano among family and friends gives you memories forever: This is one instrument that you will see almost everywhere may it be a home, church, schools or elsewhere. Essentially Christmas carols and some other sing-alongs with family and friends involve playing over this beautiful instrument. Piano gives you opportunity of singing along with a group of family and friends and it helps you in gathering memories of a lifetime.
Learning piano gives you improved intellectual skills: Studies and various researches have shown that people or children who learn to play piano perform much better in their academics in comparison to other students. Piano learners not only improve their musical skills but they also improve on their logical skills. Learning to play piano improves functionality of your brain. Children who learn piano are realized to have enhanced concentration, manual dexterity and improved overall performance in schools.
Learning piano gives you basics of musical theory: Piano is an impressive tool that gives you basic understanding of musical theory. Whereas, with other instruments you may be able to play chords beautifully but may not be aware of what is the theory behind playing these chords. Piano gives you a comprehensive knowledge of sound production and structure. Thus a pianist is more aware of what he/she is playing in comparison to other instrument players.
Learning piano gives you improved posture and body parts co-ordination: Pianists with learning and practice gain improved body posture and co-ordination between hands, eyes and ears. Learning the technique of fingering, positioning your hands and a good body posture gives you valuable training that proves beneficial for your health and prevents back pains and injuries.
Learning piano is vital for being a musical director: If you wish to become a choral or orchestral conductor, it is important for you to learn to play the piano in order to get better at hearing and understanding line of harmonies played over various instruments in pieces. This understanding will help you in guiding all the instruments in your orchestra.
Piano gives you enhanced musical experimentation: A piano player usually has more control over his fingers and you can thus experiment different patterns with individual control over each finger. Experimentation might sound difficult in comparison to playing memorized patterns but with practice, you will be able to experiment and create your own complete compositions with piano. A skilled pianist can learn other instruments quickly: In comparison to a person who has no knowledge of piano, a skilled pianist is more likely to pick up learning to play other instrument quickly.
Piano as a profession: While many people learn to play an instrument for their passion towards music and to enjoy freedom of expression. Some may be casual learners but many would want to become professional pianists. When we talk about playing piano as a profession, there are plenty of opportunities for jobs and careers in the field of piano. You can become part of an orchestra/band, you can play in weddings or other occasions, you can even become a personal or a college/university level instructor, you can accompany vocalists and there is much more to it that you can explore.