I started to question my daughters piano lessons when she began to lose interest but also felt it might be my fault because I dont practice with her. I decided to go in with her during piano classes, so that I can learn what I need to work with her at home and I’m so glad I did. It reminded me how awesome piano is for my daughters brain. Its like the ultimate brain gym!
Piano is the ultimate instrument in terms of skill and demand: Two hands have to play together simultaneously while navigating 88 keys. They can play up to 10 notes at a time. To manage all those options, pianists have to develop a totally unique brain capacity — one that has been revealed by science. Because both hands are required to be equally active for pianists’ to master their instrument, they have to overcome something innate to almost every person: right or left-handedness.
In most people, the depth of the brain’s central “sulcus” is either deeper on the right or on the left side, which then determines which hand is dominant. But when scientists scanned the brains of pianists, they found something different: Pianists had a demonstrably more symmetrical central sulcus than everyone else — though they were born right or left-handed, their brains barely registered it. Because the pianists still had a dominant hand, researchers speculated that their equal depth was not natural, but resulted because pianists are able to strengthen their weaker side to more closely match their dominant side.
My 6 year was also learning how to read notes, which is also a beautiful thing! Since I’m more excited about it, hopefully I can keep her excited because Piano seems so awesome for her brain development.