21. Equal opportunities
New challenges always go alongside the taste of an adventure and excitement. To start playing the piano you don’t really need a talent or any particular skills. They come along with your commitment and practice. The words of the well-known pianist Ignacy Paderewski, who said that 90 % of success is work, 6 is talent and 4 – simple luck, only confirm the above-mentioned stetement. 1
22. Age doesn’t count.
You may not be able to play football or do mountaineering when you retire but you can definitely play the piano whatever your age is. Statements like: “I am 30 years old and it’s too late for me to start playing the piano” come from the stereotype, saying that you can master the piano only when you start playing when you are young. It’s a myth! Playing the piano is not gymnastics. Technically speaking, nothing stands in the way to start your piano lessons when you’re 30 or 50 years old or even later than that. Many people’s dream is to play the piano but for some reasons they have never managed to make this dream come true. They can still change it though!
23. Express yourself.
Music is a universal language. A message expressed by means of tone, rhythm and volume can represent the whole scale of emotions. Unexpressed emotions may cause serious mental and physical disorders. At the same time, emotions expressed precipitously and impulsively may have unpleasant results. Music helps to set free unwanted emotions and share the pleasant ones. 2
24. It helps in treatment.
The child of the pianist and composer Robin Spilberg was prematurely born.
In the first months of life, the baby needed a life support system to stay alive. The concerned mother got permission to play the piano in the children’s incubator room. The infants’ breath got deeper, their too high blood pressure went down and heart rhythm got stabilized. 3
25. It trains the hearing and musical imagination.
Everyone is born with different ear for music. As you can train your hearing in music schools you can definitely have it developed. Observing particular spaces between the tones when pushing the piano keys, makes you memorize their pitch and fantasize about their connections and combinations. Not only in the aspect of their melody but also in harmony and rhythm.
26. It develops sensibility
Volume, pace, precision. Many aspects have an impact on musical performance. Sensibility as such, consistently evolves when practicing and playing the piano. Just like in artistic feeling, also in public relations you become more attentive to sensitivity of your message receivers.4
Learning about harmonic rules and construction of different compositions very often makes you willing to create your own melodies. It is a great adventure and gives you a lot of joy.
28. Public performances.
As an experienced pianist you can participate in different competitions and even play concerts.
It is a kind of interesting experience, not available for everyone. Most music schools organize performances for their students. If you are a person with adequate dose of enthusiasm and commitment, you can organize the concert of your own. You can also advertise and receive an order for a performance on occasional concerts, in restaurants or promotional events.
Some instruments can play either accompaniment or melody, whereas the piano can do both. A widespread piano keyboard has got 88 keys and enables two people to play together one instrument. 5
Mastering the proficiency in playing and knowing secrets of compositions may bring you admiration of many people. Some people dream about fame and playing the piano may be the gate to the desired celebrity world.