by Jenny Leigh Hodgins
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Today I want to tell you Why The Piano Is The Best First Musical Instrument To Learn!
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Who am I and what do I know about piano?
I switched my piano performance degree to music composition because I loved making up music more than performing. I taught piano for years in my private piano studio, many youth facilities, and even an 11-year stint as an elementary music and chorus educator in Florida. I taught both private and piano group lessons, using a mix of note-reading, ear-training, and rote-playing with students from ages 4-90.
I’m also a composer of piano-based music, produced a musical theater CD of my original songs, and scored half a dozen short films with piano-based orchestral music. I LOVE music! Music loves me.
Three years ago, after my Dad passed away, I left my 30-year piano and music education and performance career to move back to my home state of Kentucky as a caregiver for my 81-year Mom while running my online biz.
But like many busy adults, I’ve been SO busy with life transitions, I didn't practice the piano in a while. I, myself, am a returning piano learner! I have reignited my daily piano practice routine!
Enough about me!
I am excited to be hosting my 2-Day Essential Piano Basics Masterclass in the New & Returning Piano Learners Facebook Group! If you want to attend the Masterclass, sign up here!
So let’s get to today’s topic:
Piano Is The Best First Musical Instrument To Learn because it is the foundation for learning OTHER musical instruments.
Choosing piano as your first musical instrument provides a solid musical foundation and many advantages for later branching out into learning other musical instruments.
Piano learners will master two different musical clefs to read musical notation.
The piano player will primarily use the right hand to play Treble Staff notes for the higher range.
The pianist will usually play the lower range of the Bass Staff notes with the left hand.
Being able to read the notation in both clefs becomes an advantage for learning different musical instruments.
Most musical instruments read the notes of one clef, most commonly the Bass Clef or Treble Clef. (Luckily, pianists don’t need to learn the alto, tenor, neutral clefs, or guitar tablature!)
Having already learned the notation for both Treble and Bass Clefs with piano study gives the music student an advantage when learning another new instrument.
This notation-reading skill makes things less complex for the music student when learning additional instruments.
Students learning additional instruments can also focus more on technique and musicality since the rudiments of notation-reading will already be established through piano lessons.
WOOT! One BIG point in favor of learning piano FIRST!
Who likes things to be EASIER!?
Reason #2 is about Music Theory!
Music theory bases itself on the topography of the piano keyboard. (The visual layout of the black and white keys of the piano keyboard.)
This visual point is another excellent reason for choosing piano as a first instrument. No matter what musical instrument you learn, you will use the piano keyboard as a reference when learning music theory!
The piano is a guide to understand the ranges of other instruments and voices!
When learning about the orchestra, or vocal ensembles, the piano also is the basis for understanding the ranges of various instruments and voices. A musical instrument range is how high or low it sounds when played.
The piano keyboard includes all the ranges of these instruments! So it’s an easy, visual guide for understanding where the sounds from all these instruments logistically fall!
Reasons #4 & #5 for Why Piano Is The Best First Musical Instrument To Learn is because the piano keyboard is a guide for learning chord structure and harmonic analysis.
The piano keyboard is the basis for understanding chordal structure. Chords are sounds produced when you play two or more notes simultaneously. The order of where these notes are determines different shapes or the chordal structure. Piano topography and musical notation are visual guides for teaching how chords are structured.
The piano also shows harmonic analysis as a visual guide showing how all orchestral instruments or vocal parts harmonize/play together.
Harmonic analysis is the progression and tonality (or the mood of the sound produced) of chords and how they affect the form (structural organization) of the music composition.
These concepts are a bit advanced for new and returning piano learners. But, piano study gradually includes all these more advanced musical concepts!
These five reasons are why learning the piano as your FIRST instrument is an asset to any musician, conductor, or composer!
A BONUS reason for learning piano as a first musical instrument IF you:
Having the piano as a first instrument gives you the added benefit of established, good foundational and practice habits for music learning. You can apply these powerful benefits to learning other musical instruments, singing, or composing music!
If you would like to learn more, join my FREE 2-Day Essential Piano Basics Masterclass for New & Returning Piano Learners in the New & Returning Piano Learners Facebook Group!
WHO IS THIS Masterclass for?
As mentioned above, my Essential Piano Basics Masterclass is for you if you:
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