The benefits of playing the piano are incalculable. That is because it affects every
aspect of your life.
Playing the piano is the ultimate multitasking experience. First, you have to play the
notes, coordinating both hands while doing so. Second, you have to master the
different ways of playing the notes: staccato, legato, and so on. Thirdly, you have to
mater the fingering: what is the best fingering to use on the notes? Fourthly, you
have to master the volume: how loud or how soft should each passage be with
respect to the others? Fifthly, you have to master the phraseology: where does one
voice end and another begin? Sixthly, you have to master the pedals, especially
the damper pedal, which means coordinating your feet with your hands. And there’
s more. I haven’t even mentioned technique, for instance.
It is hardly surprising that playing the piano increases the pianist’s ability in both
mathematics and language arts.
And then there is the stuff you already know: playing the piano brings joy both to the
player and the audience. There is no magic quite like music.
This book urges parents to learn with their children. There is a short, simple section
on music theory to be read at the piano, and then some of the most famous music
ever written—including Jingle Bells and Happy Birthday! There is fingering
provided for each note, to help the learning.