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A piano is an instrument, a piece of equipment that makes sounds when you press the keys. Anyone can take piano lessons, and with some practice and a patient piano tutor, can manage to make the piano play a tune. But there's more to playing a piano that being able to bang on the keys in the right sequence as dictated by the piece of music.
Music isn't just about technical know-how as taught by a teacher, or even self-taught. It's about feeling, and that's where this statement comes from. Someone who has a nice touch on the piano is someone who really feels what they're playing. They know the music they're playing, they understand what the composer intended, they're sensitive to the emotion that is supposed to come from the piece of music and they convey this through the way they play and the atmosphere it creates.
Sometimes real piano playing genius doesn't move between head and fingers, it also passes through the heart. When you hear music that is played with that kind of emotion, whether it's soft and tender, or it's loud and filled with passion, the piano player conveys this raw emotion through the way they place their hands above the keys, the force with which they strike the keys, the way they move their body as they play and the way even the slightest of mood changes are reflected in both the player and the sound from the keyboard.
To have a nice touch on the piano doesn't mean that you can read a piece of music and make it loud and soft in the right places, that again is technique that can be learned. The emotion is something that comes in time to those who not only practice the actual playing of the music, but also have done some research and have an understanding of what the composer was thinking about when he created the piece. If the pianist has the right emotion for each piece when they start to play they will be able to produce music that doesn't just sound fast and loud, but rather urgent and afraid, or happy and free. It won't just sound slow and monotonous, but rather sad and lonely. This isn't anything to do with the notation on a piece of manuscript paper that sits on the music stand, but everything to do with the pianist's empathy and understanding of what the composer intended entwined with the technical skills that come from hours of practice.
Anyone can learn the basics of piano playing, but if you want to be great, if you want to have a nice touch on the keyboard, then you need to not only think about the notes and chords you play, but develop a sensitive understanding of each piece of music's history that you play, and deliver the emotion accordingly. Listen to how various pianists play the same piece of music, you might be surprised how some of them touch you, and yet others playing the same music go right over your head. The pianists with the nice touch, they're the ones that play from their heart and their music touches yours.
A child's musical affinity is something that numerous institutions have studied the effect that music has on learning, including the University of Washington, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of California at Irvine. Because of this, it's no surprise that companies that cater to children are offering an increase in musical toys that focus in this area. The findings support that learning toys focusing on music actually benefit children of all ages.
What We Know:
The studies that have been done on music and learning raise several interesting points. First, hearing is one of the first senses that becomes fully active after a baby is born. Not only is the hearing centre optimized, but children are developing brain paths at an exponential rate. These are focusing on essential areas of cognitive ability, including speech, spatial relations, emotions and more. When you stop and think about it, music really taps into a variety of these areas in a comprehensive way. In addition, physical characteristics are known to be influenced by early exposure to music, especially when learning an instrument. Fingers that are regularly active playing music have more nerve activity.
While giving your child access to interactive toys may not seem like something that would have an effect on society as a whole, you might be surprised to find that researchers disagree. In fact, according to a German scientist, Dr. Gunther Bastian, music has a positive socializing effect. This music lover believes that exposing more children to positive musical influences has the ability to reduce violence and create healthier social connections.
Making the Connection:
As parents, it's not hard to look at the facts and realize that music is good for your kids. However, not everyone is musically talented themselves. In addition, it's not always recommended to begin regimented music lessons when a child is still quite young. While the brain may be able to handle the routine, it may be too much pressure for children before they are school-aged. However, like most things, there is no reason not to play with music, getting much of the same results. Musical toys should be a part of every preschool toy chest. Playing with music is fun for kids. In addition, the approach of using learning toys takes much of the pressure off parents during these younger years. There are many interactive toys that feature tone and rhythm, as well as those that actually allow a young child to create their own musical combinations.
Playing with music does not have to be expensive. In fact, a creative parent can provide the cognitive benefit and foster musical talent in almost any situation. Sounds surrounds us, so the best approach is to always be aware and help bring that awareness to your child. Have you ever seen a commercial where the creators compose a symphony with street sounds? Take a small recording device with you and capture the sounds that get your child's attention. Let them assist you in arranging the noises in a musical way. This same project can be done with rhythm quite easily. Coupling this with musical toys will optimize her brain for musical expression, fostering early awareness and increasing intelligence and cognitive growth for years to come.
There are many way's to get your child to doing tap dancing and other dancing classes. There are also a lot of things that are involved with tap dancing classes and all other things of this nature. This includes a lot of time from your time and it also expensive but you can look at it like this what is not high. This is a wonderful way to build your child's social skills by doing a tap dancing class or whatever it is that you are getting your child involved in. This will help your child with a talent and will also teach them how to get along and associate with others. There are so many kid's today that are so unsociable and it is because they haven't been taught how.
When entering your child into something such as tap dancing or whatever it may be there is something that you need to sit down, think, and talk about what and who is going to be able to do what and when. These classes really take up a lot of time and this means that takes a lot of time out of your schedule just as much as theirs to. Some of these classes run three to four day's a week. That is about two or three hours a day and that doesn't seem like that much time but some just have to see to believe. I am like any other parent I love my kids with all my heart and want them to have and do as much as they can while they are young.
These classes can also cause a problem with school. There are some that can do two or three things and still keep there school grades up. This one of the most important parts of extra curricular activities for my children. Tap Dancing is probably one of the most enjoyable things that I did as a child. It is just an amazing talents that someone can have. This is a talent that you can go very far with in life if you put your mind to it and really learn all of the things about it. If your child decides to do any extra curricular activity always try to support that because as children get older they want to do all kinds of things. This is one thing that I have always done.
Tap Dancing is not only for children it is for all ages and there are people that have been tapping for years on end and still love it today. I guess the saying is whatever makes you happy go for it.
There are tap competitions and there are also groups that go around the world to do this. This is why I say this is an activity that can carry on throughout your whole life no matter how old that you are.
Elective programs like art, music, and physical education made all the difference for me and my friends when I was growing up. The music department sponsored an event called the Hoedown when I was in elementary school, and it always turned out to be a great fundraising opportunity for the entire school. But because of space and funding issues, my old elementary school is threatening to axe the music department.
This story is all too common. If it upsets you as much as it does me, then don't sit back and let it happen--it's time to save the music! But you're just one person, you say? It doesn't matter. There are ways in which you can become active and make a difference in your community. Let me explain.
The first step is to become active with your local schools in any way possible. Public schools can always use more volunteers to help with activities and events. There are chaperones for field trips or participants in the school carnival needed year 'round. And don't think you have to be a parent to step in. Two of my good friends are long-standing volunteers at the elementary school we all went to together, and they're in their early twenties.
Taking an interest at such an early age is also a great way to get your peers interested in music advocacy. After all, you don't want all of these extracurricular programs to fade into the background before you even have children--then what will be left when they are ready for primary school?
Keep your eyes and ears open for music-related opportunities for the school choir, band, or orchestra. Music teachers can't be everywhere at once, so if you assist in finding field trips or performance opportunities, school officials can see that kids' participation is worthwhile and has tangible payoffs in the area.
If you have money to donate, then talk directly to instructors to find out what specific supplies they need. Do they require new instruments for underprivileged kids to play? Do they need enough sheet music for everyone in the class, or do they require traditional classroom supplies like dry erase markers? Find the need and then fill it.
Even if you're on a limited budget, you can find something to contribute. The same applies to other vital school programs like physical education and art. You can most likely afford a box of crayons or a new football.
Get involved with local non profit organizations to find out what they're doing. In Arizona, non profit groups have power to sway the school board and stretch donations even further. So don't wait for music programs in public schools to die. Do something about it today.
It is very important for everyone to have an outlet of some sort, particularly to alleviate stress. Athletics, art, and playing a musical instrument are all fantastic outlets for stress.
For most people who remember their teenage years may remember how truly challenging and stressful they really were! With all the many emotional and physical changes that occur during this ackward time in life can be difficult to deal with, to say the least.
For this reason, it is extremely important for teenagers to have an outlet! Being involved in sports, doing art, or playing guitar or drums are certainly better outlets than watching television or just listening to music. Mainly because the first three require right brain activity.
If you are a teenager, or a full grown adult, I encourage to find something that you enjoy to manage stress. We all know stress can take years off your life, and managing it is critically important!
If you are already involved in a sport, then good for you. If not, it may be difficult to break into one at this point. Most people who are excelling in a particular sport typically have been involved in it since elementary school. Given that fact, joining a team at this stage may be rather intimidating! But, that's not to say you can't get involved in a sport at your local YMCA.
They usually have something going on that is open to their members who simply just want to have fun and burn off some stress.
If you are involved in art, then again, good for you! It seems art is something one truly enjoys if he or she is good at it. Those who are not good at it typically will not stay with it for long. It's like anything, though... the better you are at something, the more you tend to enjoy it. And the reverse is true as well... the more you enjoy what you're doing, the better you will become at it.
Playing a musical instrument is in a different realm altogether. Opportunities abound practically for anyone that didn't have an interest as a child (as opposed to playing sports). And, unlike art, learning to play a musical instrument such as the drums, guitar, keyboard, or a wind instrument may open many doors of opportunity like possibly joining a rock band, jazz band, or a marching band. Also you may be able to participate in local theatre and competitions.
Learning to play a musical instrument is linked to improved coordination, higher concentration levels, improved language skills, improved social skills, improved memory skills, and higher test scores.
So, if athletics or art are activities you are not too excited about, give a musical instrument a try. There are schools and music teachers who offer lessons for people of any age and skill level. There are also numerous books that are self-teaching, which will give you basic instruction to help you get started.
Generally, most babies show a willingness to learn. Moreover, they are born with an enjoyment of hearing tones of all types. Before long they will be capable of recognizing the differences in sounds of their assorted rattles. They will get excited and their legs will move along with their interactive toys. Their hands will appear to be poised, as if they were reaching out to clutch their playthings.
Parents should recognize this infant type dance movement their child seems to be doing. They should develop their infant's brain with musical tones, sounds and rhythm from birth. In due time the child will reveal their ability to favourably react and reveal a love of music.
As the child ages, his or her interactive toys should be adjusted to match their maturity. A toddler, who is capable of sitting without falling, should be able to sit at a miniature toy piano. They will instinctively pound on the keyboard with their fists and laugh at the sounds. Many will merely use a finger or two on each of the keys. Assist them to listen to the various pitches they create when they touch a particular key. Show them that a piano has high sounds and deep sounds, depending on which side of the keyboard their little fingers touch.
Other instructional engaging toys that help a child to develop an eagerness to play a musical instrument are the hand held drums. Allow them to hear the various sounds that tom-toms make. Have them hit bongo drums lightly with their little fingers at a count of three. Indicate the distinctive sounds that each of the drums make. Allow them to strike them softly or bang on them with their clenched fist.
Buy a harmonica and play it along with your child. Keep time with the beat of the drums. Dance together keeping time to the music. Play an Indian type game and hop around the room. Purchase musical learning toys that you can play along with your child.
If you own a regulation size piano, or a keyboard, introduce it to your youngster early in life. Have them sit next to you as you play. Teach him or her about the fingering, tones, scales and the various sounds that occur the piano is played. Tell them how they can easily make each of the notes get louder or softer as they play.
Permit the child the freedom to roam. If he plays with one finger, to compare the sounds, do not stop them. Furthermore, do not yell or tell them in a harsh voice that they are banging.
As soon as he or she appears to be satisfied with the tones, show the way it is played by using the proper fingering. A middle C is in the centre. Indicate it to them and play the key. Move your hand to the right and show them yet another C key. Explain that every C key repeatedly contains one black key plus three whites.
Satisfy a child's intellect with learning toys. Teach him about sounds, tones and musical beats. Let them join in as you play. Indicate to them just how much you enjoy music yourself. Then permit him to discover his own musical uniqueness.